For the SQL user defined types every method should be defined in
order to be callable. It is an error to call CREATE METHOD for a
non-SQL type's methods (as the methods are implemented in some
other non-SQL language).
There is no DROP METHOD as each CREATE METHOD will override the
current method definition (if any). The method name, parameter
types and the return type should match exactly the method
declaration (method_specification in CREATE TYPE).
The method name for the constructors is the name of the type
(without the qualifier and the owner).
For the constructor and instance methods there is a variable
named SELF (in scope for the
compound statement defining the method) representing the current
The method members and other methods are not in scope in the
method's compound statement. They should be accessed through the
Example 9.6. Simple method
This example defines the two parameter constructor for the
UDT_TEST type. It sets the values for the type members A and B to
the values of the constructor parameters. This example uses the
SQL200n syntax for method mutators (see below).
create constructor method UDT_TEST (in _a integer, in _b integer)
SELF := A(SELF, _a);
SELF := B(SELF, _b);
This defines the static method _ADD for the type UDT_TEST. Note
that it does not use SELF - it would be a syntax error to do
create static method _ADD (in a1 integer, in a2 integer)
return a1 + a2;