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Cursor Vs Temp Table

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Should one use cursors or temporary tables in Sybase?

For either one, if there could be an example of what could be used in certain scenarios, that would be helpful.

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Cursors are generaly very slow compared to set based SQL commands. So, use them only if you can't do the job using "normal" SQL.

Temporary tables are different thing than cursors, so it's hard to answer your question.

What is the problem, that you want to solve ?
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There are other options besides. :) If you are only going to use the rows in a temp table once, you may be better off creating a view and selecting from that - same number of reads but zero writes and zero transaction log records compared to a temp table.

I will go so far as to say there are almost no situations which warrant using a cursor. The only one I have ever been able to come up with is when you want to launch a different stored procedure at run time on a row-by-row basis. Anything that can be written in set-based SQL should be. :)

I think people misuse temp tables too though - I've seen plenty of code where rows are loaded into a temp table, used one, pushed into another, etc etc, for a chain of a dozen temp tables each used only once. Usually that can be rewritten into fewer steps.

So really my first question is are you certain you need either cursors or temp tables at all?
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