Define SQL Azure Stored Procedures
A stored procedure is a pre-compiled collection of SQL statements that are stored under a name and processed as a unit. The SQL Azure Stored Procedure Editor simplifies the management of database-level and table-level stored procedures. The Code type determines if the stored procedure is intended to be a single procedure, generated for the entire database, or a set of procedures, generated once for each associated table.
The order in which you generate stored procedures to your database is important. The stored procedure code is generated according to the order in the SQL Azure Stored Procedure Editor.
To define SQL Azure stored procedures
- Click Stored Procedures on the Model menu.
The SQL Azure Stored Procedure Editor opens.
- Select the stored procedure in the Navigation Grid that you want to define and work with the following options:
Note: Click New on the toolbar to create a new stored procedure. Use the Enter filter text box to filter a very large list of stored procedures to quickly locate the one that you want to define.
Specifies the name of the stored procedure. Change the name of the stored procedure in this field.
Specifies the schema of the database to which the stored procedure belongs. Select the schema from the drop-down list.
Specifies whether the stored procedure type is model-level or table-level. Select the type from the drop-down list.
Specifies to enable the stored procedure in the database.
Note: The Stored Procedure Browser icon , which opens the SQL Azure Procedure Browser, is only enabled for table-level stored procedures. The SQL Azure Procedure Browser lets you manage the tables and views that generate a table-level stored procedure.
- Attach To New
Specifies to attach the selected stored procedure to each new table that you create. Clear the check box if you want to manually attach the stored procedure to new tables.
Generates SQL during forward engineering. Clear the check box if you do not want to generate SQL.
- Generate As Pre-Script
Specifies whether the stored procedure is generated as part of a pre-script. Select an option from the drop-down list.
- Click the General tab and work with the following options:
- 'Stored Procedure Name' Code Type
Specifies the code type of the stored procedure and its associated values. Select one of the following code types from the drop-down list:
Specifies to use SQL code. Work with the following options when you select the SQL code type:
Specifies that the SQL Azure database not store a plan for the stored procedure and that the stored procedure is compiled at runtime.
Specifies to execute the stored procedure upon startup of SQL Azure.
Specifies the permission level in effect when the stored procedure is executed.
- Select User
Specifies the user whose permissions are in effect for the execution of the procedure.
Note: This option is only available if you have selected the Execute As User option in the Type drop-down list.
- 'Stored Procedure Name' Parameter_Order_List
Specifies the parameters for the stored procedure and lets you select the order in which the parameters execute and the properties of each one.
Note: Click New on the toolbar to add a new parameter, or click Delete to delete the selected parameter.
- Work with the other tabs in the editor to access additional design features, for example:
- Define the code type in the Code tab
- View expanded code in the Expanded tab
- Define stored procedure permissions using the Permission tab
- Specify the order of DDL generation in the Object Creation Order tab
- View where the stored procedure is used in the model in the Where Used tab
- (Optional) Click the Comment tab and enter any comments that you want to associate with the object.
- (Optional) Click the UDP tab to work with user-defined properties for the object.
- (Optional) Click the Notes tab to view and edit user notes.
- Click Close.
The stored procedure is defined and the SQL Azure Stored Procedure Editor closes.
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