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Conditional Logic in Stored Procedures

Erik Darling has a warning:

There are two forms of conditional logic that I often have to fix in stored procedures:

  1. Branching to run different queries at different times
  2. Complicated join and where clause logic

The problems with both are similar in terms of performance. You see, when smart people tell you that SQL is a declarative language, and not a procedural language, they’re usually trying to get you to stop using cursors.

And that’s not always wrong or bad advice, trust me. But it also applies here.

Read on for exceptions to the rule and how you can make your life a bit easier if you do have this in place.