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TSQL Challenge 78 - Parse single field into multiple fields


TSQL Challenge 78 - Parse single field into multiple fields

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This is another contest problem where the best solution wouldn't likely be an "all in one" query.

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Jeff Moden (3/19/2012)
This is another contest problem where the best solution wouldn't likely be an "all in one" query.


I suggest the schema should be redesigned and this code would be part of a one-time fix to populate new tables rather than part of ongoing reporting.

I know... this is a vendor's application, entrenched business, just get it done "for today", and a dozen other reasons why we all still have jobs dealing with other people's implementation choices. Smile
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LOL. Forget about efficiency I want this in a single query no matter how slow!!! :-D

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I know it's just a contest and a lot of the problems are made up but I really worry about things like this. Judging from the number of people with performance questions on this site and the folks/problems I run into in real life, there are enough people that don't understand how bad all-in-one queries can be.

I liked (haven't been there in a while) Phil Factor's "Speed Phreak" challenges a lot better. They allowed folks to use some very effective "Divide-n-Conquer" methods.

--Jeff Moden

RBAR is pronounced ree-bar and is a Modenism for Row-By-Agonizing-Row.
First step towards the paradigm shift of writing Set Based code:
Stop thinking about what you want to do to a row... think, instead, of what you want to do to a column.
If you think its expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur. -- Red Adair

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