Recently I was browsing the scan.l source code for changes since PostgreSQL 9.0 version. I always do so for new minor and major releases because I use PostgreSQL grammar in my project.
Well if you’ll look closer you may find that flex is switched to 8bit mode:
But then you may find such declarations:
When I first saw these lines they blew my mind. Because from the school times I was sure that 8bit has maximum value of 255. But thanks God, there is a lot of information about flex all over internet. And suddenly, it turned out that flex uses octal notation by default. This means '\123'
the character with octal value 123
There is also a way to use hexadecimal notation: '\x2a'
the character with hexadecimal value 2a
So the next time you’ll see such declarations don’t be confused. So conceived! :)
Windows user! Replace your usual slashes (backslashes, actually) with the slashes like this one: ‘/’, in the file system path parameters passed to libpq database connection control functions, e.g. PQconnectdbParams, PQconnectdb, PQconnectStartParams etc.!
November, 4th. Release Candidate 1 of Database Designer for PostgreSQL 1.2.9 become available. Among three changes comparing to the last beta there is the one which attracts attention — “Execute Script In Single Transaction (Alt + F9)” functionality added. World community shocked.
“What means added? We thought it always was executed in single transaction…” – resounded from all sides.
November, 14th. MicroOLAP Headquarters. Explanatory mission entrusted to the best agent… Me. ;)
Right now there is no any opportunity to remember who got the idea about script slicing in SQL Executor. The gist was — each returned result set must be displayed.
Have a look how pgAdmin handles multiple result sets. As you can see only the last is available while others are discarded (we may read about this on the Messages tab).
One more notice. Multiple statements in pgAdmin always executed in the single transaction context. This is not a miracle since PQsendQuery function from client library used.
By the way, the fact that PQsendQuery used give us a hope that someday pgAdmin will handle all result sets.
Just for note, I’m not saying pgAdmin is a dinosaur or something. I like it a lot. This is “must have” tool for sure. I’m using it because of other GUI administration utility absence. :)
As you probably guessed PgMDD creates separate tab for each result set from the very first release.
There is one more important issue why script slicing was implemented. Database Designer is some kind of ideal world. You may use any names, any functions, any data types for model creating.
But real life is cruel. Generated script must work in any conditions even if some statements may fail, e.g. old server version, non-existent role, lack of privileges for some operations, object with the same name already exists etc. That’s why PgMDD’s SQL Executor should give the developer right of choice — abort execution or proceed anyway.
How it’s made
Let me one phrase before I begin: there is no any SQL parser library (or suite) on the market which suits even the basic needs (I mean PostgreSQL dialect of course). I guarantee this!
God is my witness, our team tried every 3rd party library we meet. Without success.
In Russian speaking IT folklore there is an adage “Переписать всё нахрен!”. Loose translation is “Rewrite all from scratch!”
Let’s omit technical details. I know nobody cares anyway. ;) Our parser is absolutely… no, I mean absolutely compatible with PostgreSQL. But with 8.3.x version. :) It’s just a matter of time to update it, but we missed the moment.
So we have two reasons to add “Execute in Single Transaction” functionality:
Ability to ROLLBACK all changes made by script in case of need
PgMDD parser cannot proceed with some PostgreSQL 8.4.x features