I have a MySQL table of tasks to perform, each row having parameters for a single task.
There are many worker apps (possibly on different machines), performing tasks in a loop.
The apps access the database using MySQL's native C APIs.
In order to own a task, an app does something like that:
Generate a globally-unique id (for simplicity, let's say it is a number)
SET guid = %d
WHERE guid = 0 LIMIT 1
WHERE guid = %d
If the last query returns a row, we own it and have the parameters to run
Is there a way to achieve the same effect (i.e. 'own' a row and get its parameters) in a single call to the server?