This function can be used to call stored procedures, or to process multiple queries in the same call in the same "batch". However there's a limit on the kind of stored procedures you can call, because Sybase allows a stored procedure or "batch" to return multiple result sets, and because the surrent implementation of sybase support in PHP3 has no provision to process each result set, one after one. If your stored procedure or batch has multiple result sets returned, you will only be able to retrieved the first result set in you PHP3 script. Note that other result sets won't be processed by the SQL server until you close the current result set. So this may suspend the execution of a stored procedure or batch on the SQL Server. Note also that if a stored procedure or batch uses "print" or "raiserror" SQL statements, you won't be able to collect the returned messages in the result set, because these statements do not generate a result set but instead return asynchronous server messages which currently have no support in the sybase PHP3 set of functions.
It would be a good idea for someone to add the support for queries that return multiple result sets and server messages, so that any kind of Sybase SQL queries can be used in PHP3 scripts.
This would require adding a function to go to the next results set, and a function to retrieve server messages generated before, between, and after each result sets. Note also that server messages could be sent within a result set, this won't be from "print" or "raiserror" SQL statements but internal server errors while processing a result set returned by a SELECT statement, or messages generated by triggers. There could also exist asynchronous client messages while processing any kind of return (result set or server messages), and there's for now no function to return them. Such client messages mainly signal connection status and data conversion errors.