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Updating multiple rows in a single statement

Posted on 2006-11-16
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Hey all!

I thought I'd have a look at trying to make our update queries more efficient, because our code currently generates multiple update queries when I'd rather just operate on multiple rows at the same time.

I've tried both of the revised queries below, because (to me), they seemed to be the most logical. Neither of them work, however. Immediately below is the syntax which is currently used and requires three seperate queries to complete all the updates.

Original query:
UPDATE ord_products SET modelcode='noo1' WHERE (quoteID='foo1');
UPDATE ord_products SET modelcode='noo2' WHERE (quoteID='foo2');
UPDATE ord_products SET modelcode='noo3' WHERE (quoteID='foo3');

Revised queries:
UPDATE ord_products SET (modelcode='noo1' WHERE quoteID='foo1'),(modelcode='noo2' WHERE quoteID='foo2'),(modelcode='noo3' WHERE quoteID='foo3');

OR

UPDATE ord_products (modelcode) VALUES('noo1'),('noo2'),('noo3') WHERE (quoteID IN ('foo1','foo2','foo3'));


Can anyone suggest a solution for this to run this in one query?

Thanks in advance.
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Question by:DanBAtkinson
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by:yodercm
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I do not believe that you can do this in one query, sorry.
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by:DanBAtkinson
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Boo! SQL Server rules!

Seriously now, you can't?

That... That really sucks!

I'll wait around for a little while and see if someone can offer a solution (which doesn't involve a stored procedure, which would be admitting defeat).
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UPDATE ord_products
   SET modelcode = case quoteID when 'foo1' then 'noo1'
                                when 'foo2' then 'noo2'
                                when 'foo3' then 'noo3'
                   end
 WHERE quoteID in ('noo1', 'noo2', 'noo3')
                     
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by:ppfoong
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UPDATE ord_products  SET modelcode = CASE quoteID
  WHEN 'foo1' THEN 'noo1'
  WHEN 'foo2' THEN 'noo2'
  WHEN 'foo3' THEN 'noo3'
ELSE modelcode END

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by:NovaDenizen
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Temporary tables to the rescue!  It's 1 big insert statement + 3 small statements, but it avoids doing hundreds of separate update statements.

CREATE TEMPORARY TABLE tmp_ord_products_update (tmp_modelcode varchar(32) not null, tmp_quoteID varchar(32) not null PRIMARY KEY USING BTREE);
;; make sure those datatypes match your types in ord_products;
INSERT INTO tmp_ord_products_update (tmp_modelcode, tmp_quoteID) VALUES ('noo1', 'foo1'), ('noo2', foo2'), ('noo3', 'foo3').... and so on;
UPDATE ord_products, tmp_ord_products_update set modelcode = tmp_modelcode where quoteID = tmp_quoteID;
DROP TEMPORARY TABLE tmp_ord_products_update;
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by:DanBAtkinson
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Thankyou both for your help.

This is amazingly helpful!

How would I do this with more than one field?

EG editing modelcode and... foobar.

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by:DanBAtkinson
ID: 17957103
NovaDenizen. Temporary tables are not a solution I'm looking at I'm afraid. But thankyou for your input.
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by:NovaDenizen
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Another way of doing it:

UPDATE ord_products  SET modelcode =
CASE quoteID
  WHEN 'foo1' THEN 'noo1'
  WHEN 'foo2' THEN 'noo2'
  WHEN 'foo3' THEN 'noo3'
ELSE modelcode END
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by:DanBAtkinson
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NovaDenizen, that's exactly the same as ppfoong's.
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by:NovaDenizen
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Whoops, sorry.

Another way of doing it:
UPDATE ord_products  SET modelcode =
    IFNULL(ELT(FIELD(quoteID, 'foo1', 'foo2', 'foo3'),
                      'noo1', 'noo2', 'noo3'),
               modelcode);
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by:NovaDenizen
ID: 17957245
I hit submit too early before, hit escape to cancel, but evidently it submitted.
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by:yodercm
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Well, I have learned something, too :))

**Wipes egg off face**

Good luck!
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by:NovaDenizen
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It also might speed things up for any of our single-statement solutions if you tack this on at the end.  I don't think mysql is smart enough to automatically optimize it down for the desired list of quoteID's.

... WHERE quoteID in ('foo1', 'foo2', 'foo3');
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by:awking00
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>>How would I do this with more than one field?<<

UPDATE ord_products  SET (modelcode, anotherfield) =
CASE quoteID
  WHEN 'foo1' THEN 'noo1'
  WHEN 'foo2' THEN 'noo2'
  WHEN 'foo3' THEN 'noo3'
ELSE modelcode END,
case when condition1 then value1
       when condition2 then value2
       when condition3 then value3
else anotherfield end


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by:DanBAtkinson
ID: 17963474
Thanks. These were very helpful.

As mherchl provided the first solution, that is the accepted answer.

Thanks everyone for your input and suggestions!
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