Transaction Requirements

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All applications must provide one transaction handle for each transaction to be accessed. A transaction handle is a long pointer that is used in API functions to start a transaction and to reference it in subsequent API calls. The InterBase header file, ibase.h, contains a #define useful for declaring transaction handles.

When starting a transaction, optional transaction characteristics, such as access method and isolation level, can be passed to the start-up call through a transaction parameter buffer (TPB). Usually, one TPB is set up for each transaction, although transactions with the same operating characteristics can also share a TPB.

Transaction Handle Declaration Requirements

A transaction handle must be declared and initialized to zero before use. The following code illustrates how to declare and initialize a transaction handle:

#include <ibase.h>
. . .
/* Declare a transaction handle. */
isc_tr_handle tr1;
. . .
/* Initialize the handle. */
tr1 = 0L;

For more information about declaring, initializing, and using transaction handles, see Working with Transactions.

Setting up a TPB

A TPB is a byte array containing parameters that describe optional transaction characteristics. In these cases, the TPB must be set up and populated before starting a transaction. Parameters that can be passed to the TPB are defined in ibase.h.

For more information about setting up, populating, and using a TPB, see Working with Transactions.

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