A few things you should know about temporary tables

  • May 10, 2010
How do you set a table temporary:
  • You can set the property ‘temporary’ in the AOT to yes –> this table is always temporary
  • You can declare a buffer of a table and call the method setTemp() or setTempData(), from that moment on the buffer contains temporary data.
    CustTable custTable;
    if (custTable.isTmp())
        // Do something with your temporary table
Things to know:
  • When you declare a buffer of a record of temporary table type, the table does not contain any values.
  • Memmory and filespace aren’t allocated for a temporary table till the first record is inserted. This means that you have to watch out for client/server problems.
    When the first record is inserted in a buffer on the client tier, the memory is allocated there. All actions (insert / update / delete) to this buffer will run trough that tier, so try to reduce round-trips and improve your performance.
  • When you declare 2 different buffers of the same temporary table, they will both have a life of their own. To share the date between the tables use the setTmpData method.
    for example: tmpCommonBuffer1.setTmpData(tmpCommonBuffer2);
  • You can’t (normally) set up logging on temporary tables.
  • Use the method isTmp() to know if a record is temporary or not (true –> temporary, false –> phisical)

My opinion: Temporary tables are very useful and can help you to easily manipulate data you don’t need store permanently, but watch out where and how you use them.