Outstanding explanation, Kenney.
On the recursive thing... do keep in mind that recurssion is nothing more than a loop and has the same performance impedements as a loop. In other words, it IS a form of RBAR. There are many ways to avoid the use of any type of RBAR on many things. Even when it comes to Hierarchies, there are some really good ways to precalculate the hierarchy (nested sets) and then do the lookups using set based technologies instead of RBAR.
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.
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 not.
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