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Equivalente of LAG/LEAD for SqlServer2005/2008

By Federico Iori,

SQLSever 2012 introduces SQL Analytic Functions LAG and LEAD in Oracle Style .

In SqlServer 2008 or earlier,  is possible, anyway, to obtain similar results using the TSQL APPLY operator .

Note that APPLY operator used in complex queries with large result can give lieu to poor performance, because APPLY executes using nested loop join algorythm : if needed, it will be necessary to ensure that first are executed hash joins and filter, and last  outer apply , only on the final query result set .

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