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From "Knut Anders Hatlen (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (DERBY-4357) TableFunctions provide no information to limit underlying query
Date Tue, 01 Sep 2009 08:11:32 GMT

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Knut Anders Hatlen commented on DERBY-4357:
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Thanks for writing the functional spec, Rick. It looks good and fairly complete. I have a
couple of questions, though:

1) It wasn't entirely clear to me how the _nullEqualsNull field in Restriction.ColumnQualifier
is supposed to be used. Is the user supposed to specify somehow that this VTI treats NULLs
in a non-standard way? If so, how (and why)? Or is it meant to implement IS (NOT) NULL restrictions?
Or something else?

2) The operator '<>' is not defined. Is that intentional?

3) The array passed to setMaterializedColumnNames() contains somewhat redundant information
(both names and positions of the columns to materialize). Would an array of booleans suffice?
Or could the extra information be used for something?

4) I cannot find that the spec says what happens if the restricted VTI returns non-qualifying
rows. Should the restrictions be reevaluated outside the VTI? (I think I would prefer that
the restrictions were only seen as hints, so that the VTI doesn't have to check all of them.
Then, if there's a restriction on a column that doesn't really help the VTI retrieving the
rows more efficiently, it could just disregard that restriction and let the SQL do the filtering
instead.)

> TableFunctions provide no information to limit underlying query
> ---------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: DERBY-4357
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/DERBY-4357
>             Project: Derby
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: SQL
>    Affects Versions: 10.4.1.3, 10.4.2.0, 10.5.1.1, 10.5.2.0, 10.5.3.0
>         Environment: ALL
>            Reporter: Chris Goodacre
>         Attachments: RestrictedTableFunctions.html
>
>
> The API specification for TableFunctions cannot provide information to the implementer
of the TableFunction about the details of the query.  For example: 
> (a) I defined a table function named MyFunction with columns a,b, & c
> (b) I bind the table function properly using the CREATE FUNCTION SQL.
> User executes the following SQL:
> select a,b from table ( MyFunction() ) where c = 123
> Without passing the column list and/or where clause as arguments to the table function,
my implementation can not know that it only needs two of the three columns, and only rows
where c = 123.
> For TableFunctions that are built to integrate distant/legacy data, the cost of the query
can be prohibitive.   It would be better if information regarding the columns in the select
and restrictions from the where clause could be passed to the developer.

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