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  • Sub query pass through

    Occasionally in forums and on client sites I see conditional subqueries in statements. This is where the developer has decided that it is only necessary to process some data under a certain condition.  By way of example, something like this : Create Procedure GetOrder @SalesOrderId integer, @CountDetails...
    Posted to SQL and the like (Weblog) by Anonymous on Fri, Mar 22 2013
  • Denali Paging–Key seek lookups

    In my previous post “ Denali Paging – is it win.win ? ” I demonstrated the use of using the Paging functionality within Denali.  On reflection,  I think i may of been a little unfair and should of continued always planned to continue my investigations to the next step. In Pauls article , he...
    Posted to SQL and the like (Weblog) by Dave Ballantyne on Fri, Nov 19 2010
  • Denali Paging–Is it win/win ?

    UPDATE : 2012-07-26 : My latest commentry of the paging subject can be found here : http://sqlblogcasts.com/blogs/sqlandthelike/archive/2012/04/26/offset-without-offset.aspx I'm not one for automatically poo-pooing new ideas, new practices and new technology. Rather I like to take a measured view...
    Posted to SQL and the like (Weblog) by Dave Ballantyne on Wed, Nov 10 2010
  • The best things in life are free

    Greg Gonzalez ( blog | twitter ) of SqlSentry , last night released a very cool new and free product.  Plan explorer is a tool for examining query plans and overcomes many of the limitations of viewing plans within Management studio.  If you view plans a lot i would recommend that you give...
    Posted to SQL and the like (Weblog) by Dave Ballantyne on Thu, Oct 21 2010
  • An impossible case

    In a previous blog entry ( Inconsistent NullIf behaviour ), Jeff Moden and Dan Halliday ( twitter ) both made a very similar observation. When executing this code Code Snippet select top ( 10 ) abs ( checksum ( newid ()))% 4 from sys . objects the only possible values returned can be 0,1,2 or 3. Anything...
    Posted to SQL and the like (Weblog) by Dave Ballantyne on Mon, Sep 6 2010
  • Inconsistent NullIF Behaviour ?

    NullIf can be a very handy function sometimes. For those who have not used it, if the result of the two parameters are equal then null is returned. So if we execute : Code Snippet Select nullif ( 10 , 10 ) as Result1 Select nullif ( 10 , 9 ) as Result2 We get the result of For some test data, I required...
    Posted to SQL and the like (Weblog) by Dave Ballantyne on Fri, Aug 6 2010
  • Using a UDF as a SARG. Make a hash of it!

    I am somewhat uncomfortable blogging this, as I feel that it falls into “Polish a turd” category. Having said that, it is a particularly ugly turd and it does polish up rather well. Though as the saying goes, it is still a turd. The evils and inadequacies of UDF (User Defined Functions) in SqlServer...
    Posted to SQL and the like (Weblog) by Dave Ballantyne on Fri, Jul 2 2010
  • SQL 101 : Without “ORDER BY”, order is not guaranteed.

    It’s as simple as that. If you don’t specify ORDER BY, then the order of your result set is not guaranteed. Oh sure , there may be situations where the data looks like it is being returned ordered, but this is not really the case. So, for example : CREATE TABLE #Example ( row_id INTEGER ); GO INSERT...
    Posted to SQL and the like (Weblog) by Dave Ballantyne on Sun, Jun 27 2010
  • SQL and contiguous data ranges.

    As the saying goes "work smarter, not harder", this is definitely the case for SQL. If you have a poorly performing query, then you are not only affecting that one user but diverting precious machine resources needlessly. This is doubly true if its part of the 20% of code executed 80% of the...
    Posted to SQL and the like (Weblog) by Anonymous on Thu, Aug 27 2009
  • Optimal Query Plans With Unbalanced Data Loads

    Sql Server is great at producing and caching efficient query plans.  However these plans may not be the most efficient based upon the parameters passed into subsequent calls off a stored procedure. In this article I am assuming that you have read both of Erland Sommarskog’s articles The Curse and...
    Posted to SQL and the like (Weblog) by Anonymous on Thu, Aug 27 2009
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