I am returning back to my patch and older proposal
Some work did Neil Conway
he commited half of this patch - RETURN QUERY part.
Problematic part of my patch is implementation. Tom Lane proposal
implenation RETURNS TABLE only as syntactic sugar for RETURNS SETOF
RECORD. This is not comaptible with potential implementation, because
it adds some default variables. My solution was special argmode, so I
was able don't create default variables for output. My solution wasn't
best too. It was ugly for current plpgsql where is often used RETURN
NEXT statement (PSM doesn't know similar statement). I unlike default
variables - it simply way to variables and column names collision.
I propose following syntax for plpgsql:
CREATE OR REPLACE FUNCTION foo(m integer)
RETURNS TABLE (a integer, b integer) AS $$
DECLARE r foo; -- same name as function, this type has local visibility
FOR i IN 1..m LOOP
r.a := i; r.b := i + 1;
RETURN NEXT r;
$$ LANGUAGE plpgsql;
In my proposal I don't create any default variables. Result type is
only virtual - I don't need write it to system directory. I thing it's
better than using some specific predeclared type as RESULTTYPE OR
What do you thing about?