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Hello –

I’m trying to findout a better solution to this approach.

Currently if I have to return columns from multiple tables, I have to define my own TYPE and then return SETOF that type in the function. I’ve provided an example below.

Now, if I have to add a column to the select query, I have drop the existing TYPE definition, create a new TYPE with the new column added to it, and then modify the function sql to return this extra column.
Maintenance wise, this is a lot of work to manage.

Moreover since the function returns multiple records, I have loop through the results also.

Question – Is there any other way to doing this? - Is everybody following the same approach out there? I know I can return a SETOF RECORD type and then define in the function call, all the columns that are being returned. But I like TYPE the definition approach better than this anyways. Let me know if I’m missing anything in the mix.

CREATE TYPE templateadmin_t emplateinfo AS
(templatename varchar,
templateid int4,
physicianid int4,
physicianname varchar,
infectioncontro lid int4,
infectioncontro l varchar,
ventmanufacture rid int4,
manufacturename varchar,
ventmodeid int4,
ventmode varchar,
ageid int4,
age varchar,
acuitycategoryi d int4,
acuitycategoryn ame varchar,
templatestatus int4,
patientid int4);

CREATE OR REPLACE FUNCTION ccs_get_templat es()
RETURNS SETOF templateadmin_t emplateinfo AS
-- Gets template list for the template type

rec templateadmin_t emplateinfo;

for rec in
t.i_wt_template _id,
t.i_physician_i d,
COALESCE(p.vc_f name,'')||' '|| COALESCE(p.vc_m name,'')||' '|| COALESCE(p.vc_l name,''),
t.i_infectionco ntrol_id,
vm.vc_manufactu rer,
t.i_ventmode_id ,
t.i_agerange_id ,
t.i_acuitycateg ory_id,
t.i_patienthist _id
from m_weaning_trial _template t
left join m_physician p on t.i_physician_i d = p.i_physician_i d
left join m_infection_con trol ic on t.i_infectionco ntrol_id = ic.i_infectionc ontrol_id
left join m_vent_manufact urer vm on vm.i_vent_id = t.i_vent_id
left join m_ventmode v on v.i_ventmode_id = t.i_ventmode_id
left join m_name_value mg on mg.i_nameval_id = t.i_agerange_id
left join m_name_value ma on ma.i_nameval_id = t.i_acuitycateg ory_id

-- fetch each record
return next rec;

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