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Proposal TODO Item: SQL-language reference parameters by name

From: "Gevik Babakhani" <pgdev(at)xs4all(dot)nl>
To: <pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Proposal TODO Item: SQL-language reference parameters by name
Date: 2007-10-30 13:31:52
Message-ID: 001001c81af9$3b7c9b60$0a01a8c0@gevmus (view raw, whole thread or download thread mbox)
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Hi all,


I am working a lot with custom procedures/functions which are implemented in "language sql". At the moment function parameter refs cannot work with parameter names. I would like to try to implement this. The actual TODO item is:


Allow SQL-language functions to reference parameters by parameter name 

Currently SQL-language functions can only refer to dollar parameters, e.g. $1 


After a quick look at how ref parameters in plpgsql and sql function are handled, I would like to start a discussion about the following implementation plan.


Implementation of the name parameter parsing in scan.l/gram.y can be achieved by adopting the same mechanism as plpgsql does. If I am not mistaking plpgsql parser creates a stack to store parameter identifiers.


Correct me if this would be wrong or not possible, but I am thinking of mapping the name references to the parameter numbers (par2 => $2) this way I hope to keep the implementation small and perhaps extend "struct ParamRef" to hold a possible parameter name.


Then there is the issue of error reporting for ambiguous parameter names (non existing parameter names and names which conflict with actual column names). I guess this can be handeled in "fmgr_sql_validator"


Please let me know your opinion.




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