Subject Making evaluation of UDFs constant across a query
Author Mike Pomraning
Is there a technique to make the return value of a UDF constant across
the execution of a single query?

For example, I'd like getExactTimestamp() -- or, rather, a UDF very
much like it -- to return the same result every time it is evaluated,
much like the context variable CURRENT_TIMESTAMP does. Right now, of
course, the UDF is evaluated over and over, returning a different
result each time. This effect can be seen if we introduce a function
(FB_SLEEP()) to pause execution for a second or so with every row in
the result set:

SQL> select count(1) from threecount;


SQL> select current_timestamp, getexacttimestamp(), cast('now' as
timestamp) AS NOW, fb_sleep(1) from threecount;

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2011-03-17 17:52:21.5510 2011-03-17 17:52:22.5511 2011-03-17
17:52:22.5510 0
2011-03-17 17:52:21.5510 2011-03-17 17:52:23.5511 2011-03-17
17:52:23.5510 0
2011-03-17 17:52:21.5510 2011-03-17 17:52:24.5511 2011-03-17
17:52:24.5510 0

So, can I make an arbitrary UDF instead behave like CURRENT_TIMESTAMP?
I didn't see a feature request to this effect on the FB tracker, so I
thought I'd ask here. Thanks.