T-SQL

A Little Fun With Math

SQL Server, T-SQL
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I’ve never been much at math But I’ve always liked reading about it. It’s super interesting, and it always blows my mind. Like, guaranteed. Once in a while I’ll even try my hand at solving problems I read about in SQL. Not because SQL is a particularly good language for it; but just because sometimes…
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Tara Kizer

What TRY/CATCH Doesn’t Handle

SQL Server, T-SQL
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We were once asked in class what TRY/CATCH doesn’t handle besides object existence errors. It’s well documented in Books Online (BOL). If you’re like me, then tl;dr. Are we even calling it Books Online these days? I still say “bookmark lookup” instead of “key lookup”. I suppose I’ll be saying Books Online for quite some…
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Give Your T-SQL a Semicolonoscopy

SQL Server, T-SQL
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In theory, all of your T-SQL statements are supposed to end with a semicolon, like this: SELECT * FROM dbo.Posts; SELECT * FROM dbo.Comments; GO 123 SELECT * FROM dbo.Posts;SELECT * FROM dbo.Comments;GO Why? Well, SQL Server 2005’s Books Online says: Many code examples use a semicolon (;) as a Transact-SQL statement terminator. Although the semicolon…
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Window Functions and Cruel Defaults

SQL Server, T-SQL
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My First Post Here… Well, my first technical post, was about how the default index creation method is OFFLINE. If you want that sweet, sweet Enterpri$e Edition ONLINE goodness, you need to specify it. It’s been a while since that one; almost six months to the day. So here’s another one! But Window Functions Are…
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Indexing for Windowing Functions

Indexing, SQL Server, T-SQL
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Hooray Windowing Functions They do stuff that used to be hard to do, or took weird self-joins or correlated sub-queries with triangular joins to accomplish. That’s when there’s a standalone inequality predicate, usually for getting a running total. With Windowing Functions, a lot of the code complexity and inefficiency is taken out of the picture,…
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Refactoring T-SQL with Windowing Functions

SQL Server, T-SQL, Videos
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You’ve been querying comparative numbers like Year To Date and Same Period Last Year by using tedious CTEs and subqueries. Beginning with SQL Server 2012, getting these numbers is easier than ever! Join Doug for a 30-minute T-SQL tune-up using window functions that will cut down dramatically on the amount of code you need to…
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How to Cache Stored Procedure Results

SQL Server, T-SQL
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Say you run an online store, and on each item’s page, you need to show related items that people purchased. Let’s take an Amazon page for my favorite rechargeable AA batteries: Frequently Bought Together In a perfect world, we would cache this data in the web/app tier – but back here in the real world,…
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Query Execution Plan

Sargability: Why %string% Is Slow

T-SQL
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People love to search. Google has us addicted to fast, easy search functions.  Users expect every application to have a built-in blazing-fast search functionality.  To pull that off, developers build search queries that let users enter a string, and we ask SQL Server to find matches.  For example, say our users need to find some…
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