Introduction to Transactions in SQL
A Transaction in SQL generally known as making payments (sending, receiving, purchasing etc) but when it comes to the technical fields then it is the way to update the logical unit of information in the database.
A transaction is the implementation of one or more changes into the database. We can group multiple SQL queries and run at once in a transaction. All the SQL queries either would be executed in one go or all would be rolled back. It would have only two outcomes either success or failure.
The transaction once committed cannot be a rollback, It can be rollback only if the transaction is not committed. MYSQL automatically commits the changes to the database if all the queries are executed successfully. To explicitly commit the changes into the database, first, need to disable the auto-commit through the command –
Syntax: SET autocommit = 0;
Properties of the Transaction
Following are the important properties of the transactions, every transaction must follow these properties
A transaction must be atomic, mean data manipulation should be completed for a certain logical unit. This property ensures that data changes taken place completely otherwise rollback the transaction.
Once the Transaction finishes, All the available records will be consistent throughout the transaction. This property ensures that database property switched state after a successful commit or not.
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Isolation refers to data changes at a certain logical unit should not affect on another unit. It allows a transaction to execute independently.
Changes made during transactions should be permanent in the system. In case of a system error, this property also ensures that data changes take place or not.
The above-given property of the transaction is also known as ACID property.
Steps of Transaction
A transaction may occur in multiple SQL executions but all SQL should run at once. If any of the transaction fails then the whole transaction would be reverted. The statement for starting the transaction is “START TRANSACTION”.begins the acronym for the START TRANSACTION.
Syntax: START TRANSACTION;
Commits permanently reflect the changes to the database. The statement for starting the transaction is “COMMIT”.
Rollback is used to revert the changes, i.e. record will not be changed, It would be in the previous state. The statement for starting the transaction is “ROLLBACK”.
SAVEPOINT is also a transaction statement. This statement used to create a store point in the system so that the ROLLBACK operation can achieve the state of the savepoint.
5. Release Savepoint
RELEASE SAVEPOINT is a statement to release the savepoint & memory consumed by the system in creating a save point.
Syntax: RELEASE SAVEPOINT SP
Notes – SP is the name of the savepoint when this savepoint was created before the transaction start.
6. Set Transaction
The SET TRANSACTION command is used to specify the transaction attribute such as the given transaction is a read-only or read-write session.
Syntax: SET TRANSACTION [ READ-WRITE | READ ONLY ];
The transaction is used to perform the complex changes in the database. Its mainly used in banking related information changes into a relational database.
The transaction is supported by MYSQL engine InnoDB. By default, auto-commit remains enabled that’s why whenever any SQL executes after execution commits automatically take place.
Transactions using SQL
Banking Transaction: An account debited for 50000 amount from person A saving account & submitted this amount to the loan account of A.
Start Transaction: This start transaction will convert all the SQL queries to a single unit of transaction.
UPDATE `account` SET `balance` = `balance` - 50000 WHERE user_id = 7387438;
This SQL query deducts the amount from the existing account balance.
UPDATE `loan_account` SET `paid_amount` = `paid_amount` + 50000 WHERE user_id = 7387438;
This SQL query adds the amount to the user loan account.
Insert into `transaction_details`(`user_id`, ‘amount’) values (7387438, ‘50000’);
This SQL query inserts a new record into the transaction details table, this table holds the details of all the transactions of the users. If all the query executed successfully then COMMIT command need to be executed as changes need to be permanently stored in the database.
Commit: This commit statement saves changes invoked by a transaction to the database. If any of the transaction fails during the execution then ROLLBACK command should be executed to revert the complete transaction
Rollback: Rollback takes place once any query fails during execution.
Inventory Transaction: In the given Items table 6 items are available.
Executing the following START TRANSACTION statement to start the transaction.
Now run command SET AUTOCOMMIT = 0;to disable the auto-commit
Now executing the following statement to remove the record from the items table
Now Available record in the table is 4 i.e. records temporary removed from the table items
Now executing command ROLLBACK to revert the changes, the deleted record would be available in the table items like as previously before starting the transaction
Again if applying the same delete operation then COMMIT operation after it changes would be saved permanently in the database
Now we can see that after ROLLBACK command still, the record was in a new state, It means once COMMIT operation performed changes can not be reverted because it permanently makes changes into the database;
Benefits of using Transaction in SQL
a) Using Transaction improves the performance, when inserting 1000 records using transactions in that case time taken would be lesser than normal insertion. As in normal transaction, every time COMMIT would take place after each query execution & it would increase the time of execution every time while in transaction no need to execute COMMIT statement after each SQL query. COMMIT at the end would reflect all the changes to the database permanently at once. Also If using transaction then reverting of the changes would be much easier than the normal transaction. ROLLBACK will revert all the changes at once & keep the system in the previous state.
b) The transaction ensures data integrity in the relational database. Most of the database uses multiple tables to maintain the data and while making updates there may have changes in the multiple tables at that time if any of the SQL queries fail then the transaction would keep the data unchanged.
Using Transactions is a best practice in information update for a logical unit in a relational database. For transaction implementation database engine should support the transaction like InnoDB engine. The transaction, as a unit of SQL statements, can be reverted at once using a single ROLLBACK statement. Transaction ensures the data integrity & improve the database performance.
This is a guide to Transactions in SQL. Here we discuss the introduction, properties, steps, examples of transactions in SQL along with the benefits of using transaction in SQL.