Running a HANA Table Function as an anonymous block in SQL Console
We often use anonymous blocks to view all the logic pieces of a table function from within the SQL Console, especially the output of table variables.
They are useful when testing code in the HANA SQL console as it allows imperative (for e.g. loops and conditionals) or declarative statements (variables and table variables) to be used. They also have no corresponding object that will be created in the catalog so there is very little overhead.
Here are the steps I follow:
Step 1: Go to repository and fetch the latest code of the table function
Step 2: Paste the code into the SQL console of the editor in the Web IDE:
Step 3: Change BEGIN to DO BEGIN – this opens the anonymous block
Step 4: Parameter handling: If your table function has parameters then they will need to be copied down till after the BEGIN statement, then declared and instantiated.
Copy the parameters from function header
Option 1: Paste them after begin and declare as normal variables
Paste them after BEGIN
Adjust coding to be a declaration and instantiation
Option 2: Call anonymous block with parameter clause:
Step 5: Clean up the VAR_OUT section
Option 1 – remove the VAR_OUT completely
Place a semi-colon after last statement.
Option 2 – replace RETURN :var_out; with SELECT * FROM :var_out;
Step 6: Execute: Highlight code from DO BEGIN to END; and then press
Step 7: If you want to see the output of each table variable, you simply put a SELECT * FROM :<table variable name>; after each one.
A tab will open with the results of each table variable you selected from:
Happy coding! Look forward to hearing any comments/suggestions.