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What is the best way to return multiple values from a function call that has several parameters?

Last Modified: 2013-11-05
Hello experts!

This question may have been answered before, but I cannot seem to find exactly what I am looking for.

I am going to simplify this question down to two dimesions from 3, but I think the answer for the 2 dimesional case should apply directly to the 3 dimensional one.

If I have a table with X,Y values in it, and I have a function ROTATE(@X float, @Y float) which rotates the X,Y point to a new coordinate system and returns a table (Range as float, Angle as float), what is the best (most efficient way) to write a query which will present the input values for each row in my table along with the rotated values for each row?

I think that a select statement that looks like this:
SELECT t.X,t.Y, (SELECT RANGE from ROTATE(t.X,t.Y)) as Range, (SELECT Angle from ROTATE(t.X,t.Y)) as Range From Table as t;
will do the trick, however as you can see, it needs to call the ROTATE function twice to get the job done; and in a 3 dimesional case, this calculation is pretty expensive.

Is there anyway to only make the call once for each record in the Table?

Thanks for the help!

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What version SQL Server?
Top Expert 2011

sorry why isn't the function returning a table of the values ?

then the sql statement is

SELECT X,Y, range,angle
from dbo.ROTATE() as t

create function dbo.rotate ()
returns table (x,y,range,angle)
as ....

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dqdq: SQL Server 2005.

LowfatSpread: The function does return a table with two columns in it.  I need to pass in the X,Y parameters to determine what the values in the output table are.  I'm not sure how to do that with the information you have provided.

dqmq: That does the trick!  THANKS!

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