Preparing Dynamic SQL Statements

The PREPARE statement takes a character string containing a dynamic SQL statement and associates a name with the statement, for example:

     move "INSERT INTO publishers " &
               "VALUES (?,?,?,?)" to stmtbuf
         PREPARE stmt1 FROM :stmtbuf

Dynamic SQL statements can contain parameter markers - question marks (?) that act as a place holder for a value. In the example above, the values to be substituted for the question marks must be supplied when the statement is executed.

Once you have prepared a statement, you can use it in one of two ways: