Local Evaluation of Changed Record

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When a manipulation takes place on columns mentioned in multi-record constraints, the Rules Engine adds violation entries to the list of constraints to be evaluated at commit time.

Before handling a multi-record constraint, the Rules Engine first checks if locally stored column values can be used.


Consider the following constraint:

SELECT  '' violation



   (   SELECT    ''


           ,RESERVATION r

       WHERE    p.res_id = r.res_id

       AND    r.schedtour_id = st.schedtour_id

      AND    p.name = 'JOHNSON')

From the last WHERE clause in the subquery, it is clear that the rule can only ever be violated if a participant with name JOHNSON is inserted, or if a participant's name is updated to JOHNSON.

If locally stored values allow the Rules Engine to exclude these possibilities, the rule is no longer shortlisted for evaluation at commit time. If a user books a person with name LEWIS for a tour, this clearly cannot lead to a violation.

This strategy will result in fewer statements being sent to the RDBMS at commit time. It can be used not only for constraints with hard-coded values, such as this one, but also in all cases where a subquery can be substituted by a constant by the run-time local evaluator.