Let me say this first...ARGH!!!

I think we need to take another look at stored procedure support in iBATIS.

The traffic on the user's list regarding stored procedures has increased dramatically recently.  I think this is partially because using procedures in iBATIS is not as intuitive as it could be.  There are also at least 5 JIRA issues related to stored procedures (28, 96, 173, 176, 178).  Some of these issues may be bugs, but some are related to support that cannot be offered given the current setup.

So I have a proposal.
New DTD Syntax

We could alter the DTD to allow syntax for declaring procedures something like this:

Option 1:

<storedProcedureParameterMap id="myParameterMap" class="map">
  <storedProcedureReturnCode property="rc" javaType="java.math.BigDecimal" jdbcType="DECIMAL" numericScale="2"/>
  <storedProcedureParameter property="num1" parameterName="@num1" javaType="java.math.BigDecimal" jdbcType="DECIMAL" mode="IN" />
  <storedProcedureParameter property="num2" parameterName="@num2" javaType=" java.math.BigDecimal" jdbcType="DECIMAL" mode="IN" />
  <storedProcedureParameter property="total" parameterName="@total" javaType="java.math.BigDecimal" jdbcType="DECIMAL" mode="OUT" numericScale="2" />

<storedProcedureResultSets id="myResultSets">
  <storedProcedureResultSet resultClass="myresults.Result1" />
  <storedProcedureResultSet resultClass="myresults.Result2" />

<storedProcedure id="myproc" procedureName="db2admin.MyProc" parameterMap="myParameterMap" resultSets="myResultSets" />

This syntax allows unlimited paramters, allows use of parameter names (optional), allows multiple result sets, allows definition of a stored procedure return code.

Option 2:

<storedProcedure id="myproc2" procedureName="db2admin.MyProc" parameterClass="map" >
  <storedProcedureReturnCode property="rc" javaType="java.math.BigDecimal" jdbcType="DECIMAL" numericScale="2"/>
  <storedProcedureParameter property="num1" javaType="java.math.BigDecimal" jdbcType="DECIMAL" mode="IN" />
  <storedProcedureParameter property="num2" javaType=" java.math.BigDecimal" jdbcType="DECIMAL" mode="IN" />
  <storedProcedureParameter property="total" javaType="java.math.BigDecimal" jdbcType="DECIMAL" mode="OUT" numericScale="2" />
  <storedProcedureResultSet resultClass="myresults.Result1" />
  <storedProcedureResultSet resultClass="myresults.Result2" />

This syntax is similar to the above, but more compact.  Both options could be supported.
New Method for Stored Procedures

Then I propose that we add a method "executeProcedure" to the existing SQLExecuter and SqlMapClient classes.  This method would:

1. Compose the JDBC call statement from the procedure name and the specified parameters
2. Deal with parameters (set input parameters, register output parameters)
3. Execute the procedure
4. Deal with results - multiple ResultSets or UpdateCounts are allowed, we will consume everything the procedure spits back at us.
5. Get the output parameters, and possibly the return code

The executeProcedure method would always return on object of type ProcedureResults (or similar).  That object looks like this:

public class ProcedureResults {
    ArrayList results;
    Object returnCode;
  //getters, setters, yada, yada...

The results list contains Lists (in the case of ResultSets), or Integers(in the case of UpdateCounts).  It would be up to the user to determine if the result was a List or an Integer - either dynamically with instanceof, or just by knowing what the procedure would return and in what order.  The returnCode is the procedure return code (if expected), or null.

I've done some initial mocking of my proposed executeProcedure method so I think this is possible.  I'm sure there are issues I haven't thought of, but this is a start.

What do you think?

Jeff Butler