SQL Procedures, Triggers, and Functions on IBM DB2 for i

An IBM Redbooks publication

Published 25 April 2016

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ISBN-10: 0738441643
ISBN-13: 9780738441641
IBM Form #: SG24-8326-00
(338 pages)

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Authors: Hernando Bedoya, Jim Bainbridge, Rob Bestgen, Mike Cain, Dan Cruikshank, Jim Denton, Doug Mack, Tom Mckinley, Simona Pacchiarini


Structured Query Language (SQL) procedures, triggers, and functions, which are also known as user-defined functions (UDFs), are the key database features for developing robust and distributed applications. IBM® DB2® for i supported these features for many years, and they are enhanced in IBM i versions 6.1, 7.1, and 7.2. DB2 for i refers to the IBM DB2 family member and relational database management system that is integrated within the IBM Power operating system that is known as IBM i.

This IBM Redbooks® publication includes several of the announced features for SQL procedures, triggers, and functions in IBM i versions 6.1, 7.1, and 7.2. This book includes suggestions, guidelines, and practical examples to develop DB2 for i SQL procedures, triggers, and functions effectively.

This book covers the following topics:

  • Introduction to the SQL/Persistent Stored Modules (PSM) language, which is used in SQL procedures, triggers, and functions
  • SQL procedures
  • SQL triggers
  • SQL functions

This book is for IBM i database engineers and data-centric developers who strive to provide flexible, extensible, agile, and scalable database solutions that meet business requirements in a timely manner.

Before you read this book, you need to know about relational database technology and the application development environment on the IBM Power Systems™ with the IBM i operating system.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Introduction to data-centric programming
Chapter 2. Introduction to SQL Persistent Stored Module
Chapter 3. SQL fundamentals
Chapter 4. Procedures
Chapter 5. Triggers
Chapter 6. Functions
Chapter 7. Development and deployment
Chapter 8. Creating flexible and reusable procedures
Chapter 9. IBM i and IBM DB2 for i services
Appendix A. Allocating, describing, and manipulating descriptors
Appendix B. Additional material

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