can you please tell me how merge doesn't process row by row...
Actually, everything in SQL Server processes "row by row". If you let SQL Server do it, it's fast. If you try to tell SQL Server how to do it, it's slow. If you look at SELECT, INSERT, UPDATE, DELETE, or MERGE, do you see anything in there that would allow you to control the looping in the background?
MERGE is no different than the 4 other basic statements when it comes to processing.
is pronounced ree-bar and is a Modenism for R
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.
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