24 Jan 2020   sql

SQL has a structure called a CURSOR that, according to the docs:

Rather than executing a whole query at once, read the query result a few rows at a time

This is mainly for solving memory usage issues, but probably not very applicable to web applications. Here’s an example syntax to periodically fetch a limited amount of rows:

declare posts_cursor cursor for select * from posts;
fetch 10 from posts_cursors;
fetch 10 from posts_cursors;

This is not advised due to leaving a transaction open, but a simple example. More powerful use cases would be iterating a query in a function for updating a small amount of records at a time.