In this chapter we examined the MySQL error handlers that allow you to catch error conditions and take appropriate corrective actions. Without error handlers, your stored programs will abort whenever they encounter SQL errors, returning control to the calling program. While this might be acceptable for some simple stored programs, it is more likely that you will want to trap and handle errors within the stored program environment, especially if you plan to call one stored program from another. In addition, you need to declare handlers for cursor loops so that an error is not thrown when the last row is retrieved from the cursor.
Handlers can be constructed to catch all errors, although this is currently not best practice in MySQL, since you do not have access to an error code variable that would allow you to differentiate between possible error conditions or to report an appropriate diagnostic to the calling program. Instead, you should declare individual handlers for error conditions that can reasonably be anticipated. When an unexpected error occurs, it is best to let the stored program abort so that the calling program has access to the error codes and messages.
Handlers can be constructed that catch either ANSI-standard
SQLSTATE codes or MySQL-specific
error codes. Using the
codes leads to more portable code, but because specific
SQLSTATE codes are not available for all MySQL error conditions, you should feel free to construct handlers against MySQL-specific ...