A query with an optional ORDER BY CLAUSE and an optional FOR UPDATE clause.


Query [ ORDER BY Clause ] [ FOR UPDATE Clause ]


A SELECT statement consists of a query with an optional ORDER BY CLAUSE and an optional FOR UPDATE clause. The SELECT statement is so named because the typical first word of the query construct is SELECT. (Query includes the VALUES expression as well as SELECT expressions).

The ORDER BY CLAUSE guarantees the ordering of the ResultSet. The FOR UPDATE clause acquires a lock on the selected rows and makes the result set's cursor updatable.

A SELECT statement returns a ResultSet. A cursor is a pointer to a specific row in ResultSet. In Java applications, all ResultSets have an underlying associated SQL cursor, often referred to as the result set's cursor. The cursor can be updatable,that is, you can update or delete rows as you step through the ResultSet if the SELECT statement that generated it and its underlying query meet cursor updatability requirements, as detailed below. The FOR UPDATE clause can be used to ensure a compilation check that the SELECT statement meets the requiremments of a updatablecursors, or to limit the columns that can be updated.

Note: The ORDER BY clause allows you to order the results of the SELECT. Withoutthe ORDER BY clause, the results are returned in random order. Unlike in some other databases, the select results have no relation with the insertion order of those rows in the table.

Only simple, single-table SELECT cursors can be updatable. The SELECT statement for updatable ResultSets has the same syntax as the SELECT statement for updatablecursors.

To generate updatable cursors:
  • The SELECT statement must not include an ORDER BY clause.
  • The underlying Query must be a SelectExpression.
  • The SelectExpression in the underlying Query must not include:
    • Aggregates
    • GROUP BY clause
    • HAVING clause
    • ORDER BY clause
  • The FROM clause in the underlying Query must not have:
    • more than one table in its FROM clause
    • anything other than one table name
    • SelectExpressions
    • subqueries
Note: Cursors are read-only by default. To produce an updatable cursor besides meeting the requirements listed above, the concurrency mode for the ResultSet must be ResultSet.CONCUR_UPDATABLE or the SELECT statement must have FOR UPDATE in the FOR clause (see FOR UPDATE clause).
Note: Explicit naming of a cursor is not supported.

The SELECT depends on all the tables and views named in the query and the conglomerates (units of storage such as heaps and indexes) chosen for access paths on those tables.

CREATE INDEX does not invalidate a prepared SELECT statement.

A DROP INDEX statement invalidates a prepared SELECT statement if the index is an access path in the statement. If the SELECT includes views, it also depends on the dictionary objects on which the view itself depends (see CREATE VIEW statement).

Any prepared UPDATE WHERE CURRENT or DELETE WHERE CURRENT statement against a cursor of a SELECT depends on the SELECT. Removing a SELECT through a java.sql.Statement.close request invalidates the UPDATE WHERE CURRENT or DELETE WHERE CURRENT.

The SELECT depends on all aliases used in the query. Dropping an alias invalidates a prepared SELECT statement if the statement uses the alias.


-- lists the customer ID and expression 
-- orders by the new name REMAINING_LIMIT

-- creating an updatable cursor with a FOR UPDATE clause 
-- to update the SINCE date 
-- column in the CUSTOMERS table