Top 23 Stored Procedures Interview Questions You Must Prepare 04.Dec.2023

Stored procedures can run directly run on a data base engine. In industries where automation is the key a stored procedure can run entirely on the data base provided to it and this runs on a specialized data base server. Network communication can be avoided. Also this procedure is useful for execution of complex SQL statements. 

There are many difficulties for implementing pre compiled statements because it should have all the arguments provided to it during compile time. It also depends upon the database and configuration. Performance also varies and it largely depends upon whether it is a generic query or user defined functions.

Stored procedures implement business logic into the database. It is embedded as API and this reduces the implementation of Logic code again explicitly. Implementation of business logic internally reduces the chances of data becoming corrupt.

Cursors are supported by procedures, functions and triggers. Syntax of the cursors is embedded in SQL. Cursor should be declared before declaring handles. Before declaring cursors it is imperative to declare variables and conditions. 

 Most of the database systems have proprietary and vendor based extensions. Microsoft allows procedures to be written using Transact-SQL. Oracle calls its extension as PL/SQL. DB2 has its extension as PL/SQL. PL/pgSQL is the extension used by Postgre SQL and this allows users to have their own functional language such as pl/PHP and pl/Perl.

A RETURN statement is used to terminate the execution of a stored function. This inturn returns a value of expr to the function caller. In a stored function there should be at least a single return statement. If there exists multiple functions it can have multiple exit points.

Both(functions and Procedures) are the Oracle Objects that work explicitly towards database objects like Tables,Views.

The diff. b/t Stored Procedures and Functions:

  1. The procedures doesn't return values. whereas the function returns value.
  2. The procedures accept more than one argument whereas the functions not.

Stored procedures are often used for data validation and as access control mechanism. Logic applied in applications can be centralized and stored in applications. Complex procedures and functionalities which require huge amount of data processing and logic implementation access their data by procedures. Data is stored in these procedures and accessed by procedures.

A stored procedure is a subroutine available to applications accessing a relational database system. Stored procedures (sometimes called a proc, sproc, StoPro, or SP) are actually stored in the database data dictionary

Recursive stored procedures are used for performing repetitive tasks. Recursive feature is disabled by default but can be activated by using the following command on the server max_sp_recursion_depth, also don?t forget to rename the system variable to a non zero variable.

Both are equivalent. Just replacement of DECLARE keyword in declarative section.

CREATE PROCEDURE and CREATE FUNCTION statement are used to create stored routine. It can act as a function or a procedure. A procedure can be called by using a call statement and pass output with the help of output variables. It can call other Stored routines and it can be called from the inside of a statement.

Alter procedure CallAnotherProcedure as exec sp_helptext CallAnotherProcedure 

Stored procedures should be written very carefully because they store complex and logical data. Security permissions should be very finely applied and this is possible by carefully written code. Permissions for client data should be set in such a manner that it could be accessible only by the client and the method of access should be according to the procedure laid down in the Stored procedures. 

Yes, we can call DDL command using EXECUTE IMMEDIATE command

Data stored in stored procedures can be retrieved much faster than the data stored in SQL database. Data can be precompiled and stored in Stored procedures. This reduces the time gap between query and compiling as the data has been precompiled and stored in the procedure. To avoid repetitive nature of the data base statement caches are used. 

External procedures are Extended stored procedures only. They let you create your own external routines in a programming language such as C. Extended stored procedures are DLLs that an instance of Microsoft SQL Server can dynamically load and run.Extended stored procedures run directly in the address space of an instance of SQL Server and are programmed by using the SQL Server Extended Stored Procedure API.

Stored Procedure are of two types

  1. user define stored procedure
  2. System define Stored procedure.

A stored procedure is a group of SQL statements that form a logical unit and perform a particular task. Stored procedures are used to encapsulate a set of operations or queries to execute on a database server. For example, operations on an employee database (hire, fire, promote, lookup) could be coded as stored procedures executed by application code. Stored procedures can be compiled and executed with different parameters and results, and they may have any combination of input, output, and input/output parameters.

A user defined function and stored procedures are almost similar but there exists a difference between their implementation procedures in the code. Stored procedure needs to be invoked whereas a UDF can be used like any other statement. 

Implementation of stored procedure varies for different databases and vendors. Stored procedures are very flexible and they can be implemented in variety of languages. Stored procedures written in non SQL languages may have a very little compatibility with SQL