Cursor in SQL Server

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Cursor in SQL Server is a control structure which process data row by row. It enables rows in a result to process sequentially. SQL Cursor is a type of iterator which can be used to process any record of table & can modify records according to our needs.

To use cursors in SQL procedures, you need to do the following:

  • Declare a cursor that defines a result set.
  • Open the cursor to establish the result set.
  • Fetch the data into local variables as needed from the cursor, one row at a time.
  • Close and de-allocate the cursor when done.

For simple example of SQL Cursor, I used below example. I used table that I used in earlier post Delete Duplicate Rows in SQL.

In above example, I simple select column EMail of user table. I assign is to @EMailId variable. Then  Printing current row of SQL cursor one by one.!


SQL Cursor processes records one by one, so it consumes lots of memory & time. So use of cursor should be minimal.!

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  1. Hey can you please give me example that how can i write php mysql store procedure ?
    i tried lot but i can not implement with one or more databse.i can do only for single DB.

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