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Beware of Search Argument (SARG) Data Types


Beware of Search Argument (SARG) Data Types

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Great article.  Very informative.
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Great Stuff

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This was a great article. I was researching why DevExpress XPO was doing this on the back end as well. Keep in mind, this is derived from the system.data.sqlclient class and most of the ORMs inherit that class to build on top for SQL server.

We realized a 8X difference, on average, from changing the datatype. I will say we have high performance SANs and multi-proc servers to handle the storage and CPU load, but this kept me from having to go clustered and deal with updating multiple servers and increased performance like night and day.

This article was a God send. I really appreciate the effort!

Wallew
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I agree with many of the others. This is a "hidden" performance problem that a lot of people don't even consider because they don't know about things like data-type precedence. It's one of the primary reasons why some folks think Tally Table functions are slow and why some cursors appear to be faster than certain setbased queries.

Very well done, DC... this should be required reading not only for those learning SQL, but for those teaching it, as well.

--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.
Although they tell us that they want it real bad, our primary goal is to ensure that we dont actually give it to them that way.
Although change is inevitable, change for the better is usually not.
Just because you can do something in PowerShell, doesnt mean you should. Wink

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I think this is one of those things in the back of my head I always knew, and just never really appreciated just how intrusive the problem could be.

Awesome article, great presentation, and thank you. You may have just fixed something for me on Monday. :-D


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Thanks, and your're welcome. I'm glad to know that the article was useful.

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