Transact-SQL (T-SQL) is a dialect of SQL used by Microsoft SQL Server and SAP's Sybase.

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How can I prove that the following T-SQL is bad for performance?

I have recently inherited a codebase with a large amount of Stored Procedures. The system they are supporting is encountering numerous performance problems which I am looking in to. A number of the ...
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Select rows with same id but null and some other value in another column for that id

I want to get only rows having a value NULL and some other value than NULL for a particular username column. If both rows have null for that particular username or both have some values other than ...
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Escaping T-SQL Keywords

$sql = "SELECT Kill FROM tbl_pvporderview"; Problem is that I end up with: Incorrect syntax near the keyword 'Kill'. Because kill is a T-SQL command... any way to bypass it? I can't change the ...
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Transact SQL using WITH in CREATE VIEW

I want to create VIEW using WITH clauses, but really can't find any references on correct syntax. I want smth like this WITH TempTbl AS (SELECT ...) CREATE VIEW SomeView SELECT * FROM TempTbl And ...
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T SQL Table Valued Function to Split a Column on commas

I wrote a Table Valued Function in Microsoft SQL Server 2008 to take a comma delimited column in a database to spit out separate rows for each value. Ex: "one,two,three,four" would return a new table ...
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Difference Between SP with BEGIN/END and without BEGIN/END

I have found some SP(stored procedure) written as, CREATE PROCEDURE [dbo].[XXX] ( -- Parameters ) BEGIN --- Actual Work END and some as CREATE PROCEDURE [dbo].[XXX] ( -- Parameters ) --- ...
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SQL Server 2012 is putting [brackets] around Table and Column Names

Is there anyway to turn that off? I'm unable to find anything in options, and they're really a distraction.
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A Script to insert dummy Data in all tables of Database

I wanted a Script that can loop through all tables and their columns in the database and insert dummy data based on column type and size, so that i can start using the database for testing, and ...
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How to check when statistics was last executed?

We've been having a number of issues with our indexes lately which our DBA team has attributed to statistics not having been run recently. This has made me wonder - how can I check if statistics have ...
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Dynamic database reference in T-SQL scripts

We have a set of databases (development, QA and production, dev-foo & dev-bar, qa-foo & qa-bar and just foo & bar respectively). Inside foo family of databases there's a view that should ...
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Truncating table without using Alter Table permission

So my DBA don't want developers to give Alter table permission. Now one of the procedure that we created requires to Truncate tables (since apparently delete only removes records, but truncate frees ...
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CASE ORDER BY with multiple columns, and different sort options

I am attempting to use a T-SQL CASE ORDER BY in a stored procedure where I am passed @OrderBy parameter as a TINYINT. @Orderby = 1 Then Date column should be ASC @Orderby = 2 Then Date column ...
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SELECT INTO creates a new table?

I have an original table MessageQueue with six columns. When I try to do a SELECT INTO that table it creates a new (local) table called <network domain\user name>.MessageQueue with only three ...
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Help with SQL Query to XML output

I have the following query: SELECT [ID] AS [NewID] , ( CASE WHEN LEN([MiddleName]) > 0 THEN [LastName] + ', ' + [FirstName] + ' ' + LEFT([MiddleName],1) + '.' ...
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Splitting a deck of cards, and returning the results as if they were shuffled once

Lets say I have a table with a deck of cards, numbered 01-52. I could return the top and bottom cards, as if I held each side of the union's select query in my left and right hands by doing a: select ...
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What is the correct way to ensure unique entries in a temporal database design?

I'm having trouble with the design of a temporal database. I need to know how to make sure I have only one active record for any given timeframe for a store. I have read this answer, but I'm afraid I ...
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How do I delete unique rows from a table with duplicate keys?

I have the following data: road | ID | other column | other column | ------------------+------+---------------+--------------+ MAIN ST | 1 | ... | ...
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SQL “Standard” guide?

I am currently learning TSQL and am learning that were possible, I should use "standard" SQL dialect. Where can I find out which commands are "standard" and which are TSQL?
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Update Statement takes forever to complete [closed]

I have table around 1250000 records, and 80 columns Table Structure CREATE TABLE [dbo].[Table] ( [Column1] [int] IDENTITY(1, 1) NOT FOR REPLICATION NOT NULL, [Column2] [int] NULL, [Column3] [int] ...
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Mapping of multiple server logins to one database user

This seems to be a stupid question but despite some research I was unable to find any information regarding this only (possibly due to using the wrong terminology). Is it possible to log multiple ...
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T-SQL - Enforce Atomic Operations x Locks

I have a database model that works similar to a banking account (one table for operations, and a trigger to update the balance). I'm currently using SQL Server 2008 R2. Table OPERATIONS: VL_CREDIT ...
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Why can't I view the SQL Server database created by a web application?

I have an ASP.NET MVC web application deployed to IIS on a Windows Server 2012 machine. When the application first starts, it will create the database and tables it needs if necessary through Entity ...
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Split/explode comma delimited string field into SQL query

I have field id_list='1234,23,56,576,1231,567,122,87876,57553,1216' and I want to use it to search IN this field: SELECT * FROM table1 WHERE id IN (id_list) id is integer id_list is varchar/text ...
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Is it “legal” to CREATE and DROP #SomeTable more than once?

I've got my code sort of segregated as "coherent blocks" that I can insert into a longer "configuration script" over and over, and one of the patterns I'm using is this: CREATE TABLE #WidgetSetting ...
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Is it possible in SQL Server to change default “order by” direction from asc to desc?

This question came up in a discussion at work... given the following T-SQL statement: select firstname, lastname from users order by lastname; the default sort order on the order by clause is asc. ...
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Is there a compact way to use a NOT IN (1,2,3) syntax when setting a variable?

Expressions like NOT IN (1,2,3) are valid in a where clause: SELECT foo FROM bar WHERE ((record_type NOT IN (2, 3, 7, 18, 19, 20, 21,12,13,22)) However if I want to move an elaborate expression ...
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How to move a fairly large tsql table from one server to another server?

I have been working on thinking of ways to move a 40gb table from one SQL Server box to another SQL Server box. They are at separate companies without an intranet linkage and obviously without linked ...
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Query two SQL Server databases in same function but on two different servers

Suppose I have two database servers (DB-SERVER-1 & DB-SERVER-2), and there is a single database on each server (DB1 & DB2). Both are SQL Server databases. Is it possible to query both ...
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Copy 8 Million Records

I have a table in a local MS SQL Server database that has 72 columns and over 8 million records. Most of the columns are floats except for the primary key which is an INT Identity column. The table ...
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Invalid use of a side-effecting operator 'INSERT' within a function - Multiple Inserts in Function

If this is not the right forum please let me know and move it for me. I've just got a bunch of inserts like this toward the end of my scalar function: INSERT INTO [Raptor].[dbo].[UserRole] ...
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Null Values in a CASE statement

I am playing around with some stuff in SSMS to learn a little more as I study for my 70-461 exam and I came across a little hangup. I am trying to create a table to play around with so I don't have to ...
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How do you get an average of job history times?

The following is a script I found online that has most of the elements of what I desire in the result set. The only thing missing is how I can get an average of the run times over a decided time ...
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Get minimal logging when loading data into temporary tables

After reading The Data Loading Performance Guide I am unsure if its necessary to add the TABLOCK table hint to an empty temporary table, defined with a clustered index in order to get minimal logging. ...
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How to change default database to all logins?

I'm bit new to SQL Server and I'm trying to script out Microsoft SQL Server (2005-2014) post installation activities and I got bit stuck on altering logins. Corporate policy states that none login ...
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How to avoid using Merge query when upserting multiple data using xml parameter?

I am trying to update a table with an array of values. Each item in the array contains information that matches a row in a table in the SQL db. If the row already exists in the table, we update that ...
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Update strings for all cmdexec Jobs

Does anyone know if it's possible, (and furthermore advisable) to update all cmdexec strings in jobs on a server? We'd like to change our logging location, and in principle I'd think this could be ...
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Subquery in the VALUES clause

Here's a real-world schema: CREATE TABLE [dbo].[Setting] ( [ID] [BIGINT] NOT NULL, [Module] [NVARCHAR](400) NOT NULL, [Property] [NVARCHAR](400) NOT NULL, [Value] ...
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Identify NON-ANSI joins in SQL Server 2008 R2 on a Database that's in 2000 (80) compatibility mode

We have a very old database running on SQL Server 2008 R2. The database is running in 2000 (80) compatibility mode and has oodles of NON-ANSI joins in stored procedures, views and functions. We need ...
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SP for Restoring Database and performing other tasks on it

I am creating a stored procedure for our QA dept that will do the following: Accept specific inputs to generate a consistent name, restore a database (giving it the generated name,) set the db up for ...
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Performance on SQL Join

I have a query which takes ages to run mainly due to a join between 2 tables on a PK and FK. The Key is prefixed with 2 letters (which is always the same, RN) followed by 7 digits So RN1234567 for ...
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T-SQL and GPS co-ordinates

I'm looking to store GPS co-ordinates in an MS SQL Server DB for location matching of users with GPS-enabled mobile phones. I've read about STDistance on MSDN, but it only appears to exist in SQL ...
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How can I create a stored procedure using xp_fixeddrives?

I need a stored procedure to check the free space in 2 linked servers .(the servers are linked manually) .I have comed up with a query like this and using sql server 2008 ALTER PROCEDURE freespace AS ...
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Restore all applicable files in a backup device in T-SQL

I'm using SQL Server (2008 R2 in this case) and I am backing up my databases into backup devices (one per database). Every Sunday the device is overwritten with a new full backup, every night a ...
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Create new function by code if it doesn't exist

I want to create new function by script in my database. The script code is below: IF Exists(Select * From sys.sysobjects A Where A.name =N'fn_myfunc' and xtype=N'FN') return; CREATE FUNCTION ...
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How to get text for default language

I have so tables: and so data at Language table: and so data at Text table: I have to return text for requested language if it exists and text for default language if it does not exist. Is it ...
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T-SQL Syntax error copying views dynamically

I'm creating a stored procedure to copy all views from one database to another using the following code. ALTER PROCEDURE [dbo].[spCreateViews] (@SourceDB NVARCHAR(200), @DestinationDB ...
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Cannot rebuild index, but there's no reason why not?

I've created a process whereby I am able to only rebuild indexes that need rebuilding(the process takes an hour and a half if I rebuild them all), and while it works beautifully, it gets stuck on one ...
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Calculating Median Value within a Group By

I have a SPROC which calculates the Mean duration of a request / response cycle within 10 minute intervals. This works well and suits my needs for plotting charts. What I would like to do next is ...
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T-SQL: Convert XML to string without self-closing tags

We have a weirdo system we're integrating with which consumes XML, but it does not understand self-closing tags, so <BOOKING> <BOOKINGID>56812</BOOKINGID> <PERSONCODE /> ...
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T-sql: Select most specific match from table

Apologies for the horrible title. I couldn't come up with a better way to briefly describe the problem. Here's the scenario: Users can set up service instructions to be attached to a work order ...