In this tutorial you will learn what is cursor and how to create cursor in SQL database.
A cursor in SQL server- is a temporary working area created in sql server system memory when a cursor is executed, Cursor is very useful when we want to manipulate data, but can change only one row at a time, so we hold data in temporary memory location then loop through each row one by one.
Let's learn about Cursor in SQL database with an example
There are four type of cursors in sql server:
We normally loop through DML statement inside cursor, before you write cursor, you need to know following few key characteristic of SQL Cursor
declare curTemp cursor
This statement will declare a cursor
This will open the cursor
fetch next from curTemp
Fetch next while fetch_status=0 is just like a loop statment
Close the cursor
Deallocate will free from memory, just like dispose in C#
Here in example we create a cursor with name “curTemp”, but before we start writing the cursor let’s get familiar with following keys
Here we have written this cursor within a stored procedure, when we execute the stored procedure the cursor will be executed automatically, also notice how we can use cursor in sql for loop in example below
create procedure uspInitiateAdmission As BEGIN declare @QueryId bigint, @StudentId bigint, @PaymentId bigint, @RequestStatus int, @PaymentStatus int declare curTemp cursor for /*fetch data based on your query and where clause*/ SELECT t2.StudentRequestId, t2.RequestStatus, t2.RequestStatus FROM tbStudentPayment t1 right outer JOIN tbSchoolManagementBoard t2 ON t1.QueryId = t2.StudentRequestId where t2.RequestStatus <> 4 and DATEADD(dd, 3, t2.RequestDateTime) >= GETDATE() and t2.StudentRequestId not in (select QueryId from tbStudentPayment) Open curTemp fetch next from curTemp into @QueryId, @PaymentStatus, @RequestStatus while @FETCH_STATUS =0 begin INSERT INTO [tbStudentPayment] ([QueryId] ,[StudentId] ,[PaymentId] ,[ActionDate] ,[Status]) VALUES (@QueryId ,@StudentId ,1 ,GETDATE() ,'Admission Request') END Close curTemp Deallocate curTemp END
Note: above cursor example written inside and stored procedure for a business requirement , that’s not necessary, you can write cursor anywhere
However, the advantage of writing the cursor code inside stored procedure is, we can simply execute the stored procedure whenever we want the cursor code to run.
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