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The Scary DBA

I have twenty+ years experience in IT. That time was spent in technical support, development and database administration. I work forRed Gate Software as a Product Evangelist. I write articles for publication at SQL Server Central, Simple-Talk, PASS Book Reviews and SQL Server Standard. I have published two books, ”Understanding SQL Server Execution Plans” and “SQL Server 2008 Query Performance Tuning Distilled.” I’m one of the founding officers of the Southern New England SQL Server Users Group and its current president. I also work on part-time, short-term, off-site consulting contracts. In 2009 and 2010 I was awarded as a Microsoft SQL Server MVP. In the past I’ve been called rough, intimidating and scary. To which I usually reply, “Good.” You can contact me through grant -at- scarydba dot kom (unobfuscate as necessary).

Avoiding Bad Query Performance

There’s a very old saying, “When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.”

And my evidence today is:

Hairy

That’s certainly not the hairiest execution plan I’ve seen. In some ways, it’s not all that horrible. But it sure is evidence that someone was down in a hole and they were working that shovel hard.

If you’re interested, most of the operators are scans against a table variable that’s 11 million rows deep. There are also table spools chugging away in there. And the select statement only returns 1500 rows.

Please, stop digging.

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