Which among row level and statement level triggers is effective

    Among row level and statement level trigger both runs on update/Insert/Delete 
    of records. The difference being the former runs once for each row and the later 
    runs only once, but both does same work. How to choose among these two and what 
    are the advantages and disadvantages? Also please explain if both does 
    same work what is the diff?

   DROP TRIGGER IF EXISTS monthly_target_trigger;;
   CREATE TRIGGER `monthly_target_trigger` 
   AFTER INSERT on monthly_target for each row 
   CALL set_weekly_plan (NEW.monthly_target_id, 


     END ;;
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asked Sep 24, 2012 at 10:30 AM in Default

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You've got both sql-server-2008 and mysql tagged. Answering only for the SQL Server part of the question, there are no row-level cursors. SQL Server data manipulation (DML) triggers fire at UPDATE/INSERT/DELETE statements. You can have them fire as INSTEAD-OF triggers, meaning they substitute the function that was triggered, or as AFTER triggers which means they run after the function. Those are the basic options. For more details start here.

As to mysql. I have no idea.

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answered Sep 24, 2012 at 11:45 AM

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As mentioned by Grant: Sql Server has no row level triggers. Regardless of DBMS, you'll want to use statement level triggers, not row level. If you do "something" in a trigger statement, you'll want to do that once for all the rows, not once for each row involved. Row-by-row operations will be slower than a set based operation (for the obvious reason that "once" is faster than "many times".
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answered Sep 24, 2012 at 05:39 PM

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