Creating a New Blob and Storing Data

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To create a new Blob containing the data to be written:

1. Declare and initialize a Blob handle:
isc_blob_handle blob_handle; /* Declare a Blob handle. */
blob_handle = NULL; /* Set handle to NULL before using it */
2. Declare and initialize a Blob ID:
ISC_QUAD blob_id; /* Declare a Blob ID. */
blob_id = NULL; /* Set handle to NULL before using it */
3. Create a new Blob by calling isc_create_blob2():
isc_create_blob2( status_vector, &db_handle, &trans,
&blob_handle, /* set by this function to refer to the new Blob */
&blob_id, /* Blob ID set by this function */
0, /* Blob Parameter Buffer length = 0; no filter will be used */
NULL); /* NULL Blob Parameter Buffer, since no filter will be used */
This function creates a new Blob, opens it for write access, and sets blob_handle to point to the new Blob.
isc_create_blob2() also assigns the Blob a Blob ID, and sets ­blob_id to point to the Blob ID. Note that blob_id is the variable pointed to by the sqldata field of the UPDATE statement input parameter that specifies the Blob column to be updated. Thus, when the UPDATE statement is executed, this new Blob will be used to update the Blob column.
4. Write all the data to be written to the Blob by making a series of calls to isc_put_segment(). The following example reads lines of data, and concatenates each to the Blob referenced by blob_handle. (get_line() reads the next line of data to be written.)
char *line;
unsigned short len;
. . .
line = get_line();
while (line) {
len = strlen(line);
isc_put_segment( status_vector,
&blob_handle, /* set by previous isc_create_blob2() */
len, /* length of buffer containing data to write */
line ); /* buffer containing data to write into Blob */
if (status_vector[0] == 1 && status_vector[1]) {
isc_print_status(status_vector);
return(1);
};
line = get_line();
};
5. Close the Blob:
isc_close_blob(status_vector, &blob_handle);

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