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  1. #1
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    Nov 2007

    Unanswered: Alternate for recursive sql

    Hi all,
    I am presently using Recursvive sql to solve hierarchy problem, is there any option other than recursive sql that you are aware of. If so can you please help me out here

    Thank you all in advance.

  2. #2
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    Feb 2008
    I think that recursive query is a simple, straightforward, and general way to solve the hierarchy problems.
    (Other persons may have another opinions.)

    AFAIK, you can use self outer joins for each level of hierarchy, if the expected upper limit of level of hierarchy was fixed(or known).
    Another way would be using multiple nested table expressions. But, it would be essentially equivalent to using self outer joins.
    I remember the way of IMS(hierarchical DBMS)
    which is to define logical DBD to connect parent and child then to define PCB including up to 15 levels of descendant,
    or the way of Network DBMS which need to navigate hierarchy in applications.

    By the way, you miay know that DB2 V9.5 supports CONNECT BY syntax for recursive query by setting the DB2 registry variable, additional to CTE syntax.
    I don't know the detail of the syntax, because I only saw the Serge Rielau's article briefly.
    DB2 Viper 2 compatibility features
    Last edited by tonkuma; 06-22-08 at 15:56.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Jena, Germany
    Another option besides recursive SQL would be to use SQL control statements, for example LOOP ... END LOOP and then put your processing logic inside the loop.
    Knut Stolze
    IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator
    IBM Germany Research & Development

  4. #4
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    Nov 2007
    Thank you so much guys

  5. #5
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    Apr 2002
    Toronto, Canada
    another option is joe celko's nested set model

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