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Rowset-Based Logic?

Posted on 2009-04-26
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Hi Experts,

I was reading about DML triggers. One of the common issue we face while dealing with triggers is modification for multiple rows. As triggers are set based, we need to handle all the rows at once.

One of the solution is to use Cursors, which is not recommended due to performance constraints.

Another solution, I found in "Unleashed (SQL Server 2005)" is "Rowset-based logic". It doesn't say more about it. I was wondering if anyone have used or knows how this solution works.

Also, if there is any other solution you know, please let me know.

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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
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you have to rely on INSERTED (and DELETED) virtual tables directly, for example:
  ON yourtable
     SET somefield = x
   FROM othertable t
     ON i.primary_key = t.foreign_key

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Thanks Angel.

That's another way of doing it. But not always processing will be this simple. We may have some if condition or processing based on existing or new data, which may engender a need for cursor.

I am not clear about what is meant by "Rowset-based" logic and how it can help me implementing such triggers.
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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3] earned 2000 total points
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above code IS rowset-based logic.

depending on what the "if" is you are speaking of, you will need one or more of the following:
* CASE expression
* additional conditions (WHERE   AND/OR/... )  on the query
* multiple queries handling the data (still rowset based)

only if really, really, you need to process each row data individually, then you can handle the data using a non-cursor, but still row-by-row process using a table variable holding the data to process (with some primary key), and a loop that takes 1 row each time and deletes that row from the table variable, until that table is empty. will be faster than a cursor, but still allow row-by-row handling.

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Thanks a lot. That makes it clear.

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