On 8/30/07, Joe Pluta <joepluta@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
From: Carl

Wouldn't using ResultSet#previous() accomplish the same thing as a READP?

Not if you go before the first record in the result set. With a logical
file, you can position by key and then do a read previous.

Then I would wonder if that ResultSet is the set of results you actually
Perhaps I was really wondering whether the RPG idiom of SETGT/READP is even
necessary when using sql, since you can determine the sort order and
collect a result set with the records you actually want in one request,
not two. For example, given a table with a key of a single integer, with records
1-5, where you wish to read record 4 through 1, in RPG you might write:

c setgt 4 SOMETABLE;
...now get the previous record, do until...
c readp SOMETABLE;

in SQL you can simply request:

in one operation. There is no need to even move backwards in the result set. If
you're actually only interested in the previous record, just add a LIMIT clause
and (in theory) it's even more efficient?

Though i'm really not sure why you would want to use this idiom in
sql. I think the
need for SETGT/READP arose from the inability to dynamically sort records
in RPG.

It's the fastest way to get the last record in a set without having to have
indexes in both directions.

Surely if written in RPG, but when writing code in java and using JTOpen
record level access, is the process of requesting a record then
reading the previous (emulating SETGT/READP) faster than issuing a
single sql statement?


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