Fibonacci’s numbers are a sequence of numbers calculated using a recursion pattern that typically lends itself more to procedural programming. This makes it trickier to implement in a well-performing solution in T-SQL, as T-SQL is set-based.
Catching circular references in parent-child structures
A popular form of organizing dimensions is in parent-child structures, also known as “unbalanced” or “ragged” dimensions, because any branch can have an arbitrary number of child levels. There are many advantages to this type of representation, but their recursive nature also brings some challenges. In this post, we’re going to look at circular references, and how you can trap them before they run out of control.
Parsing parenthesis expressions
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..
Calculating business days and holidays
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.
Working with dependencies
Working with dependencies, particularly recursive dependencies, may not always be entirely intuitive, but it could be critical knowledge in your database development work. This article focuses primarily on different ways of visualizing dependencies and how to loop through them using recursive common table expressions.
Know your collation orders
We’ve discussed earlier on the effect of using SQL wildcards, such as ‘%[a-z]%’ with different collation orders, particularly case sensitive ones. Here’s another take on collations, and how different collation orders can sort text differently.
Ben-Gan on virtual auxiliary table of numbers
Check out this interesting article from SQL Server superstar
A prime number challenge.
I stumbled upon a challenge on a blog i follow, to find prime numbers using T-SQL. With a little bit of Wikipedia research, I’ve built a T-SQL version of the “sieve of Eratosthenes“.
Introduction to DML triggers
A trigger is like a stored procedure that automatically (and atomically) executes on a given condition, for instance when you insert a record into a table. Used properly, this is a powerful tool to enforce business rules, perform automated calculations, log changes, and more. But triggers also come with some potential pitfalls.
Recursive common table expressions
Remember all the times you’ve written long loop statements? Often, a recursive common table expression can be a much better solution, not to mention a lot more pleasing to the eye. The recursive CTE builds on the same basic framework as a regular CTE, except it consists of two parts: the anchor and the recursion.