This section describes the syntax for the
BEGIN ... END
compound statement and other statements that can be used in the body
of stored programs: Stored procedures and functions, triggers, and
events. These objects are defined in terms of SQL code that is
stored on the server for later invocation (see
Chapter 23, Stored Objects).
A compound statement is a block that can contain other blocks; declarations for variables, condition handlers, and cursors; and flow control constructs such as loops and conditional tests.