Skip to Content

Anonymous Blocks

Leveraging SQLScript in stored procedures, user-defined functions, and user-defined libraries.
You will learn
  • How to invoke SQLScript logic without a persistent logic container
rich-heilmanRich HeilmanJanuary 5, 2021
Created by
ccmehil
September 5, 2016
Contributors
rich-heilman
ccmehil

Prerequisites

In this exercise, we will show you how you can invoke SQLScript logic without the need to create a persistent logic container such as a procedure or function. Instead we will use so called anonymous blocks.

  • Step 1

    From the Database Explorer page, click the “SQL Console” button

    SQL console

    To have an anonymous block you need a do begin … end. Enter the this code in the SQL tab.

    SQL tab
  • Step 2

    Copy the logic from the procedure get_po_header_data into the body. Make sure to only copy the code between the BEGIN and END statements

    logic
  • Step 3

    Copy the signature from the procedure get_po_header_data into the signature part of the anonymous block. Ensure the parameter is assigned to a query parameter placeholder (?) as shown.

    sql code
  • Step 4

    The completed code should look very similar to this.

    DO(   OUT EX_TOP_3_EMP_PO_COMBINED_CNT TABLE(
                          FULLNAME NVARCHAR(256),
    		  CREATE_CNT INTEGER,
    		  CHANGE_CNT INTEGER,
    		  COMBINED_CNT INTEGER ) =>? )
      BEGIN
    
    po_create_cnt =  SELECT COUNT(*) AS CREATE_CNT, "HISTORY.CREATEDBY.EMPLOYEEID"  AS EID
           FROM "PO.Header" WHERE PURCHASEORDERID IN (
                 SELECT PURCHASEORDERID
                      FROM "PO.Item"
              WHERE "PRODUCT.PRODUCTID" IS NOT NULL)
     GROUP BY  "HISTORY.CREATEDBY.EMPLOYEEID";
    
    po_change_cnt =  SELECT COUNT(*) AS CHANGE_CNT, "HISTORY.CHANGEDBY.EMPLOYEEID" AS EID
           FROM "PO.Header"  WHERE PURCHASEORDERID IN (
              SELECT PURCHASEORDERID
                   FROM "PO.Item"
         WHERE "PRODUCT.PRODUCTID" IS NOT NULL)
    	GROUP BY  "HISTORY.CHANGEDBY.EMPLOYEEID";
    
    
    EX_TOP_3_EMP_PO_COMBINED_CNT =
            SELECT "get_full_name"( "NAME.FIRST", "NAME.MIDDLE", "NAME.LAST") as FULLNAME,
                crcnt.CREATE_CNT, chcnt.CHANGE_CNT,
                crcnt.CREATE_CNT + chcnt.CHANGE_CNT AS COMBINED_CNT
     	FROM "MD.Employees" as emp
         LEFT OUTER JOIN :PO_CREATE_CNT AS crcnt
               ON emp.EMPLOYEEID = crcnt.EID
         LEFT OUTER JOIN :PO_CHANGE_CNT AS chcnt
               ON emp.EMPLOYEEID = chcnt.EID
                  ORDER BY COMBINED_CNT DESC LIMIT 3;
    
    
      END;
    
    
  • Step 5

    Click Run. You will notice that the SQLScript code is executed and results are shown. Again, there is no procedure or function created here, just the SQLScript being executed by the engine.

    SQL executed
Back to top