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Schema junk

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Many tasks in SQL world can be efficiently performed using stored procedures.

All database management systems of the Big Four (that is Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL and PostgreSQL) have a concept of a stored procedure: a little server-managed program written in a procedural language that allows running SQL statements and returning results.

They are widely recommended for use, since they allow easy separation of business rules from data storage rules, fine-grained security, integrity control and all other things software analysts mumble for their living.

People widely accept this theory and if you ask anyone should I use the stored procedures?, the answer you will get will be a unanimous yes.

The problem is that people rarely use them in fact in real applications. Everybody knows they should but nobody really does.

More than that: despite the fact that stored procedures in fact can be more efficient than plain queries (even for one-time tasks), people often prefer the latter. Writing a procedure to obtain a resultset seems to be an overkill from the point of view of most developers, they rather prefer doing it with a plain SQL query.

Why so?

Let me tell you another boring story. Don't worry, it won't take long.
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Written by Quassnoi

July 5th, 2009 at 11:00 pm

Posted in Miscellaneous