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

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'+' operator with one operand!

How does '+' operator behave in following statement? select + 'taco'; --Result is 'taco' Is it doing string concatenation with first string blank ('' + 'taco'), or does it mean something else?
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Speeding up COUNT(*) - WHERE clause slowing query

The following query takes 497 ms to run, if I remove the AND portion onwards it only takes 320 ms. Is there any way to speed this up? The only indexes I have on 'messages' table is a PK on '...
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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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Custom ID Numbering - fast way on insert?

As start: this is for an ETL stored procedure that is serialized, so paralellism is not of concern. I need to assign custom ID numbers for markers during loads. I can not use an identity field, ...
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T-SQL Purpose of MAX in this Group By Query

I have run into some pre-existing SQL that I'm having a hard time uderstanding. SELECT MAX(I.Symbol) Symbol , MAX(I.Ticker) CUSIP , MAX(I.Name) Name , SUM(H.Quantity) TotalQuantity , SUM(...
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Replace special characters in a column with space

I'm trying to write a query which replaces the special characters with space. Below code helps to identify the rows. (alpha-numeric characters, comma and space is valid): SELECT columnA FROM tableA ...
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How can I make this query sargable?

I have a query which joins two tables based on a timestamp value (don't ask). One of these tables stores the data in a column with a Timestamp data type. The other stores it as a varchar. Previously,...
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Optimize where clause using dates

I'm trying to optimize several queries that all use a similar pattern on one of the WHERE clauses: AND (DATEADD(DAY , ISNULL(a.[due_days], 30) + 30 , [dbo].[CalcDate]([type], ...
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Can We Perform an “Up-To-The-Minute Restore” After Taking Transaction Log Backups?

The Setup: Say we have a Database in Full Recovery Mode that does a nightly Database Backup, Transaction Log Backup, and Transaction Log Shrink. Now the Transaction Log grows so quickly during the ...
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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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Alternative to xp_cmdshell for emailing a report as a CSV file

I've got an issue that I could do with some ideas as to how to achieve what's needed without using (or enabling) xp_cmdshell if possible. I know that xp_cmdshell itself poses risks, even with a proxy ...
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Count instances of value in multiple tables

I'm attempting to write a query that returns the count of a given value across multiple tables. Right now, I'm using the following query SELECT COUNT(*) AS SL, ( SELECT COUNT(*) FROM [Sales Line ...
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How do I set a SQL Server Unicode / NVARCHAR string to an emoji or Supplementary Character?

I want to set a Unicode string variable to particular character based on its Unicode code point. I want to use a code point beyond 65535, but the SQL Server 2008 R2 database has a collation of ...
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Cross Apply Fails When DateTime Added

In trying to achieve a Pivot-ed goal for a two row data table into one row, my first thought was to use a Cross Apply. By using the Cross Apply one can identify/generate each of the rows with a ...
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How to use COLUMNS_UPDATED to check if any of certain columns are updated?

I have table with 42 columns and a trigger which should do some stuff when 38 of these columns are updated. So, I need to skip the logic if the rest 4 columns are changed. I can use UPDATE() function ...
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Why does this query not use the index that exists on SURNAME?

There is an index on SURNAME in the PATIENTS table, we run the following query but the index doesn't get used. DECLARE @SURNAME VARCHAR(30) = 'test' SELECT SURNAME FROM PATIENTS AS PAT WHERE (PAT....
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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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In a CASE Statement, which is faster: “WHEN [field] in (0)” or “WHEN [field] = 0”?

I'm looking at a stored proc that another guy has written and every WHEN clause is using an IN statement instead of =. My gut tells me this isn't as fast, efficient, etc. For example: CASE WHEN a....
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The order of INNER JOIN's

I would like to know if there are any rules about the order of INNER JOIN's in T-SQL 2000. I had 62x the performance on my query when my INNER JOIN that act like a filter is placed at first instead ...
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Microsoft SQL Server creating an Inline function

Hey guys I'm completely new to SQL where I have to write a user-defined function (UDF) that calculates a student's GPA for a given time frame. The Inputs are StudentId int, ClassStartDateStart ...
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Incorrect syntax near 'role' with generated script

I've recently had to recreate a user several times. To facilitate the creation of the user, I would right-click the user and choose script login as, create to, New Query Editor Window. However, after ...
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Get minimal logging when loading data into temporary tables

Even after reading The Data Loading Performance Guide , I am still unsure if its necessary to add the TABLOCK table hint to an empty temporary table, defined with a clustered index in order to get ...
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In the SQL Server RESTORE statement, in what time zone is the STOPAT argument?

SQL Server can perform point-in-time restores using the STOPAT argument. In what time zone is that date and time value? Is it UTC? Is it local for the server the backup was taken? Is it local for ...
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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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Which problems arise, declaring the size of all varchar parameters as max in stored proc?

Looking at this question, it seems, that other sites too have the problem of increasing column sizes in the process of time. Increasing just the size of a column in a table is a rather simple task. ...
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RIGHT() works in a SELECT but not in an UPDATE?

I am trying to run a script which does some work including stripping the leading two characters from the string inside each row of a column. To do this I am using RIGHT() and it works fine when I use ...
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How to better use CLR Function from performance point of view (repeat inside each DB or have general function)?

I asked a question about validation of XML using XSD schema inside SQL Server 2012 (see link). I understand (as I suspected) that I need to use CLR Function. The function will get XSD schema text and ...
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How to name table-variable function unique constraint?

I am renaming some unique constraints to match our database objects naming convention. Strangely, there are several multi-line table valued function which returned table has unique constraints as ...
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Listing SQL Server instance startup parameters

I have a server I have just restarted and verified which trace flag are active using DBCC TRACESTATUS: Trace Flag : 3688 Function: Removes messages to errorlog about traces started and stopped ...
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Update statement is giving an invalid column name error, even though the column exists

I have a temporary table created at the beginning of this stored procedure. It is created successfully and can be selected from and inserted to. Here is the create statement CREATE TABLE #...
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View designer strange join syntax

I have a data warehouse with a lot of views built in with the SSMS view designer. Viewing the syntax, the FROM clauses are unintelligible to me because the ON statements do not follow straight after ...
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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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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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Programmatically find indexes that cannot be rebuilt online

I am automating rebuild and reorganise indexes using T-SQL. I run into problems with indexes that cannot be rebuilt online. Primarily this happens because ntext/nvarchar columns are included. Is ...
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difference of left join and left outer join

In SQL Server join syntax we can use LEFT JOIN or LEFT OUTER JOIN and query result with each of above join not difference. this is a question for me that which are more useful.
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Using Left or substring with wildcard in SQL

I am looking to retrieve information from a field, but am having troubles getting exactly what I want. The information I want has no set order and I am also looking for two different things. Here is ...
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How to extract pipe-delimited data using BCP?

I tried the following command USE <DBNAME> SELECT 'exec master..xp_cmdshell' + ' ''' + 'bcp' + ' ' + TABLE_CATALOG + '.' + TABLE_SCHEMA + '.' + TABLE_NAME + ' out' + ' D:\' + TABLE_NAME + '....
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T-SQL brain teaser: find non-overlapping sets

I would like to ask for help coming up with a query, which can identify groups on non-overlapping records. Here is a sample scenario (admittedly contrived). Let's say I have employees who are ...
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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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Passing a literal ? to sp_MSforeachdb

I am trying to search for the ? character in a string, but across all dbs on a server. Since the ? mark is a placeholder for the database name, how may I format the query so it knows I mean to search ...
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Grouping records based on intervals of time

I have a table with the following schema, and I need to define a query that can group data based on intervals of time (Ex. records per minute) and then provide the sum of the changes to the ...
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SQL Server 2008R2 - MAX Result and Hour per Day

I have a table full of network interface statistics. InterfaceID TimeStamp RCV_bps XMT_bps ----------- ------------------------------ ------------- ------------- 275 ...
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Charindex, Getting specific data from a string

Hello I am very new to charindex and have tried to create a query that would extract my needed information but am running into an error. I searched for similar problems on stackexchange as well as a ...
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Splitting a csv column from select query into multiple columns

I have a stored procedure SELECT [ShipWorks].[dbo].[OrderItem].[Code] AS Code, CASE WHEN (LEN(ISNULL(MAX([ShipWorks].[dbo].[OrderItem].[Location]),'')) = 1) THEN MAX([ShipWorks].[...
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SMS Suggesting covering all columns in an index?

I'm still a bit newer to indexes and database works, so I may very well be missing something obvious. SMS suggested adding a covered index to one of my tables that Indexes on the column I believe ...
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Unexpected Table Scan with Parameterized LIKE

I'm experiencing an unexpected table scan on SQL Server 2005 against a heap table when parameterizing a LIKE statement... but when the same value as the variable is hard-coded, the expected Index Seek ...
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Total of orders open on a given date for each date in a date range

This question is similar to Running total with count?, but please allow me to explain some further twists on the issue. I'm using SQL Server 2008, so the cursor option described by Aaron Bertrand ...
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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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Will I need to create a pivot or can I alter this query

The following Query that I wrote is working to a point. The problem that I found is that in each pump, cable, etc can be listed in each of the part columns. Example: What I would like to get is ...