SQL Server’s table-valued functions (TVFs) seem like a good idea, but they mask a host of potential performance problems. TVFs cause portions of an execution plan to stay serial (they’ll avoid parallelism), they produce bad row estimations, and multi-statement TVFs may not even get the best optimization available. In short – TVFs stink.

To fix the problem, your first step is to try to inline the function’s code. If you can reduce the TVF to a single statement, it’s likely that SQL Server will inline the logic of the TVF and fully optimize it. If you can’t reduce the TVF to a single statement, it’s time to consider other alternatives like inlining the code yourself or inserting into a temporary table.

You can find queries that trigger this warning with the following:

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