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ScottPletcher (1/4/2013) CELKO (1/4/2013)
Since SQL is a database language, we prefer to do look ups and not calculations. They can be optimized while temporal math messes up optimization. A useful idiom is a report period calendar that everyone uses so there is no way to get disagreements in the DML. The report period table gives a name to a range of dates that is common to the entire enterprise.
CREATE TABLE Something_Report_Periods
(something_report_name CHAR(10) NOT NULL PRIMARY KEY
CHECK (something_report_name LIKE <pattern>
something_report_start_date DATE NOT NULL,
something_report_end_date DATE NOT NULL,
CHECK (something_report_start_date <= something_report_end_date),
These report periods can overlap or have gaps. I like the MySQL convention of using double zeroes for months and years, That is 'yyyy-mm-00' for a month within a year and 'yyyy-00-00' for the whole year. The advantage is that it will sort with the ISO-8601 data format required by Standard SQL. The pattern for validation is '[0-9][0-9][0-9]-00-00' and '[0-9][0-9][0-9]-[0-3][0-9]-00'
Starting to look like "bot" posts -- the same ridiculous nonsense repeated ad infinitum.
NOTHING in that post is really true.
My mantra: No loops! No CURSORs! No RBAR! Hoo-uh!
My thought question: Have you ever been told that your query runs too fast?
My advice:INDEXing a poor-performing query is like putting sugar on cat food. Yeah, it probably tastes better but are you sure you want to eat it?
The path of least resistance can be a slippery slope. Take care that fixing your fixes of fixes doesn't snowball and end up costing you more than fixing the root cause would have in the first place.Need to UNPIVOT? Why not CROSS APPLY VALUES instead?Since random numbers are too important to be left to chance, let's generate some!Learn to understand recursive CTEs by example.Splitting strings based on patterns can be fast!
My temporal SQL musings: Calendar Tables
, an Easter SQL
, Time Slots
and Self-maintaining, Contiguous Effective Dates in Temporal Tables