Now for my thesis project i need to make a lot of queries like the below

select * from tblMyTable where ItemName like '%item%'

Now my question : is that possible to create indexes for such queries ? If so what is the way of doing it ? Thank you.

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For LIKE queries this is not available.

But for making such queries SQL Server provides functionality called Full-text search. More info in MSDN.

  • So when i set full-text search will i be able to still use the query above ? Or i need different format ? Feb 21, 2012 at 14:02
  • You will need a different format and you will need to use Filltext-specific functions to achieve needed result. Also result will be language-specific to your database. Please refer to MSDN: Querying SQL Server Using Full-Text Search for further information. I do understand that might be not what you're looking for but that's the best SQL Server can offer for handling such needs. Feb 21, 2012 at 15:21

index will work if you have something like

where ItemName like 'item%'

also contains works much faster than like, see this: http://www.docstoc.com/docs/2280727/Microsoft-SQL-Server-70-Full-Text-Search-What-is-full-text-search

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