The strategy selected by the query optimiser to process a query.

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Parameter Sniffing vs VARIABLES vs Recompile vs OPTIMIZE FOR UNKNOWN

So we had a long running proc causing problems this morning (30 sec + run time). We decided to check to see if parameter sniffing was to blame. So, we rewrote the proc and set the incoming ...
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The use of NOT logic in relation to indexes

According to Microsoft's book on database development Exam 70-433: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Database Development: Neither leading wildcard characters not NOT logic allow the query optimizer to ...
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Storage order vs Result order

This is a spin-off question from Sort order specified in primary key, yet sorting is executed on SELECT. @Catcall says this on the subject of storage order (clustered index) and the output order ...
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Are the cost percentages in this SQL Server plan over 100% for a valid reason?

I'm looking through the plan cache, looking for low-hanging optimization fruit and came across this snippet: Why are many of the costs listed above 100% ? Shouldn't that be impossible?
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Optimising plans with XML readers

Executing the query from here to pull the deadlock events out of the default extended events session SELECT CAST ( REPLACE ( REPLACE ( XEventData.XEvent.value ...
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SQL Server 2008 R2 sys.dm_exec_sql_text question

If i run the following query on our production server: SELECT DISTINCT TOP 10 t.TEXT QueryName, s.execution_count AS ExecutionCount, s.max_elapsed_time / 100000 AS MaxElapsedTime, ...
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Code creates different plan when ran ad-hoc vs. in a stored procedure

I have a delete statement that is using a bad plan when run inside a stored procedure, but is choosing a much better plan when run ad-hoc. I have rebuilt all the indexes for the tables used by the ...
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Index seek much slower with OR condition compared with separate SELECTs

Based on these questions and the answers given: SQL 2008 Server - performance loss possibly connected with a very large table Large table with historical data allocates too much of SQL Server 2008 ...
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How (and why) does TOP impact an execution plan?

For a moderately complex query I am trying to optimize, I noticed that removing the TOP n clause changes the execution plan. I would have guessed that when a query includes TOP n the database engine ...
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Interpreting SQL Server's Showplan XML

I just rolled out a feature on my site http://sqlfiddle.com that allows users to view the raw execution plans for their queries. In the case of PostgreSQL, MySQL, and (to some extent) Oracle, looking ...
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Should I be alarmed by this NO JOIN PREDICATE warning?

I'm troubleshooting the bits and pieces of a poorly-performing stored procedure. This section of the procedure is throwing a NO JOIN PREDICATE warning select method = case ...
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Why are there execution plan differences between OFFSET … FETCH and the old-style ROW_NUMBER scheme?

The new OFFSET ... FETCH model introduces with SQL Server 2012 offers simple and faster paging. Why are there any differences at all considering that the two forms are semantically identical and very ...
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How do I get the execution plan for a view?

I have a schema with a number of views. I need to check the execution plans to make sure the appropriate indexes are in place and being used. How do I do this? I'd rather not have to copy and paste ...
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Why does it take so long to calculate an Execution Plan?

One of our customers has just upgraded to a new server. For a particular stored procedure the first time you execute it, is taking over three minutes to run. Subsequent runs are less than 1 second. ...
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how to improve performance by using or not using table variables

I have a table variable: DECLARE @to_process TABLE ( [Id] [bigint] NOT NULL, [SequenceId] [bigint] NOT NULL, ... ) INSERT INTO @to_process ( Id , SequenceId ... ) SELECT ...
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SQL Server 2008 query planner failing after index drop & recreate

Recently we ran a script to our production DB that would dynamically drop and recreate hundreds of indexes as filtered indexes. While this script had run perfectly in all other previous tests, now ...
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Is there any way to save the execution plan in a file in PostgreSQL?

By saving a plan in a file, I don't mean to view it, but force the optimizer to use the saved plan to execute some query. For example, if the optimizer chooses to do a hash join for a two-table ...
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Relative cost of two similar queries involving XML columns

I have two queries as shown below which do the same thing. Here xmlcolumn is a column with datatype XML. I use these queries to search for a string anywhere in the XML column. I checked the execution ...