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Chapter 19. Stored Procedures and Functions

Stored routines (procedures and functions) are supported in MySQL 5.1. A stored procedure is a set of SQL statements that can be stored in the server. Once this has been done, clients don't need to keep reissuing the individual statements but can refer to the stored procedure instead.

Some situations where stored routines can be particularly useful:

  • When multiple client applications are written in different languages or work on different platforms, but need to perform the same database operations.

  • When security is paramount. Banks, for example, use stored procedures and functions for all common operations. This provides a consistent and secure environment, and routines can ensure that each operation is properly logged. In such a setup, applications and users would have no access to the database tables directly, but can only execute specific stored routines.

Stored routines can provide improved performance because less information needs to be sent between the server and the client. The tradeoff is that this does increase the load on the database server because more of the work is done on the server side and less is done on the client (application) side. Consider this if many client machines (such as Web servers) are serviced by only one or a few database servers.

Stored routines also allow you to have libraries of functions in the database server. This is a feature shared by modern application languages that allow such design internally (for example, by using classes). Using these client application language features is beneficial for the programmer even outside the scope of database use.

MySQL follows the SQL:2003 syntax for stored routines, which is also used by IBM's DB2.

The MySQL implementation of stored routines is still in progress. All syntax described in this chapter is supported and any limitations and extensions are documented where appropriate. Further discussion of restrictions on use of stored routines is given in Section I.1, “Restrictions on Stored Routines and Triggers”.

Binary logging for stored routines takes place as described in Section 19.4, “Binary Logging of Stored Routines and Triggers”.

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