[freetds] dbnextrow() vs dbskiprow() (skipping rows in FreeTDS)

Navdeep Shergill jatshergill at gmail.com
Sun Jul 27 20:32:12 EDT 2008

I am trying to implement a mysql like paging; and this is one approach that
I am looking at. Mysql makes it realy easy with the LIMIT keyword; but I am
not having such luck with MSSQL. I am currently looking at the ROW_NUMBER
function ; but even that one requires me to do a order by on some column.

The problem is that the user may be trying to run some very generic queries;
and I need to be able to provide paging.. so I was looking at some way to
exec a query; and then go right to some arbitary row in the result set.

so does that mean that there is no such thing as dbskiprow() in FreeTDS?

On Sun, Jul 27, 2008 at 5:15 PM, Joel Fouse <joel at fouse.net> wrote:

> On Sun, 2008-07-27 at 15:57 -0700, Navdeep Shergill wrote:
> > Here is a sample scenerio. Lets say I have a table with 1000 rows and I
> > issue this query
> >
> > select * from mytable;
> >
> > If I wanted to read the '900th' row; then I would have to call
> dbnextrow()
> > 900 times to get to that row. By calling dbnextrow; I have wasted all
> this
> > time loading data value for the previous 900 rows; even though I did not
> > need them at all. I am looking for some way to advance the cursor to the
> > 900th row. (Without doing another db query).
> At first glance, this seems like the sort of thing better addressed by a
> more targeted query, like:
> select * from mytable where id = 900
> ...or something similar.  Generally, if you're looking for a specific
> row or group of rows, you're better off narrowing that down in the query
> in the first place using an appropriate WHERE clause rather than
> grabbing the whole thing and looping through until you get the row you
> want.
> Even if there's some kind of dependent logic, where the data you get in
> the first row somehow determines what the next row you want is (which,
> even then, would strongly suggest a database redesign), you would be
> better off getting your determining info, closing that query, and
> opening a new one asking for the specific row(s) you want (again, back
> to the WHERE clause).
> Does this help?  Or is there something specific about your scenario that
> requires this kind of "give me everything except I don't really want it"
> approach?
> - Joel
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