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Join Operations – Nested Loops


Join Operations – Nested Loops

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Thanks to those who helped review this for me. Their suggestions and insight were very helpful

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Good, thorough article Jason. Thanks!

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Thanks for the article, very good read.
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Nice job, Jason. Good explanation, and looking forward to reading about the other join types.

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Well thought-out and illustrated Jason, thanks! Cool

So should we always check queries returning just a few rows to see if a forced Nested Loop would help?

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Well thought-out and illustrated Jason, thanks! Cool

So should we always check queries returning just a few rows to see if a forced Nested Loop would help?



I would say proceed very cautiously. The DB Engine does an excellent job of determining which join operation to use. I would certainly say to verify indexes first and then check your query. If after that, you still see a performance issue - go ahead and try the hint but be careful about it.



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'Makes perfect sense Jason, thanks again.

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'Makes perfect sense Jason, thanks again.

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Hey Jason. Nice article and one question. In your two main examples the difference is the WHERE condition that constrains the results to 10 rows as opposed to the full 10,000 in the table. Is it fair to compare the query times (and make implications on the differences of the JOIN types) given that they are different queries? One is asked to get 10 rows and the other query gets all 10,000 so naturally they would not take the same amount of time, right? Maybe that is not the point you were trying to get across to begin with, but my initial thought as to the speed increase wasn't that it was due to the different JOIN type but instead to only pulling 10 rows. I wonder if there is a way to show two queries that pull the same amount of rows but are written differently so as to force the different JOIN types (Merge vs Nested Loop).

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