Today, we’re going to be looking at a kind of poor-mans’s-partitioning, using a view to union records from multiple tables. We’ll also take a look at when you would want this type of solution, some benefits and drawbacks, as well as ways to make things go faster.
Ok, here’s a brain-twister. Not only can you assign values to a column in an UPDATE statement using variables, but you can assign values to variables as well. It’s really not as complicated as it may sound, but there are a few trapdoors to avoid.
Some database operations can be performed in distinctly different manners, with different impacts on query performance. One important example of such an operation is calculating an aggregate. In this article, we’ll take a look at how aggregates can be “blocking” or “non-blocking”, how it affects memory allocation, and ultimately, what impact this has on your query.
Among the three different types of join operators used by SQL Server, the HASH JOIN does some of the hardest work. It scales pretty well and is very suitable for parallel processing. As such, it can be very powerful in many applications, but hash joins can potentially consume quite a bit of memory, so seeing on in your query plan could be an indicator of a performance tuning issue in your query or data.
Today, we’re going to look at which database operations can be performed with what’s known as “minimal logging”, which can result in a considerable performance boost. Included is a quick overview of transaction logging and what it’s good for.
Today’s post illustrates a pretty cool application of SQL Server’s built-in XML and XQuery support, used to parse parenthesis-delimited expressions. You may want to get your reading glasses on for this one..
A common reporting scenario is that your report has to concatenate an aggregate of string values from rows. Many other database platforms even have built-in aggregate functions that will concatenate text for you (like LISTAGG() on Oracle). In this post, we’ll take a look at how you can achieve the same results in T-SQL, using the APPLY operator and the XML datatype.
A common scenario you may have encountered is the need to calculate the first business day after a given date. There are quite a few ugly ways to solve this, including cursors, but there are also some pretty neat ways to approach the problem, and as a bonus, you’ll learn about recursion and the new LEAD(), LAG() functions and accumulation in T-SQL.
The spool operator is one of those icons that will show up in a query plan now and then. In this post, we’ll take a closer look at what it does in a query plan, how it affects performance, and what you can do to substitute or eliminate it.
I sometimes want to know how my data is spread across different partitions in a table or index – after all, this can affect performance and storage a great deal, and if the data is really badly skewed, most or all of it could be stuck in a single partition, rendering the partitioning scheme pretty much useless in the first place.
You can use dynamic management views to find out how your data is spread across different partitions, and how those partitions are delimited, in “plain english”. Here’s how!