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What are SQL Query Hints?

July 5, 2014 Leave a comment

SQL server usually selects the best query plan required to execute a T-SQL query. However, there might be cases where the plans selected are not the best. In such situations, you can use the query hints to suggest the best possible plan/method of executing a query. The Query hints can be applied on all operators in a query. These hints apply to SELECT, DELETE, INSERT, UPDATE and MERGE. You can use the Query hints in the OPTION clause after the query.

Few commonly used Query hints with examples are as below.

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Compound Operators in SQL Server

July 5, 2011 Leave a comment

There was a time when we all wished SQL Server supports compound operators just like any other programming languages. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a shorter syntax for assigning the result of an arithmetic operator?  Well, SQL server 2008 introduced Compound operators that allow you to perform several arithmetic operations using an operand along with equal to (=) operand.

 For example:

Declare @var1  int

Set @var1 = 150

Set @var1 += 100

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Changing SQL database to single user mode and back to Multi User mode

October 26, 2010 1 comment

It is often necessary to change the database to single user mode, especially if you are a DBA. A simple example would be to change the collation settings or any DB settings. The single user will allow only one  user ( usually DBA) to access the database. Hence it will be easy to make changes without the worry of deadlocks or any other type of contention for DB and also without affecting the users.

It is very easy to change the database to Single user mode; in fact, it is just an execution of the script away. Use the script below to change the mode.

ALTER  DATABASE <<Database Name>>  SET SINGLE_USER  WITH NO_WAIT

The NO_WAIT clause will set it to single user mode as soon as you execute the query.  An alternate to this is by using the system stored procedure sp_dboption

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Remove Not Null Constraint on a column using Alter Table statement

October 8, 2010 3 comments

Many times , it may be necessary to remove Not Null constraint used for a column in  a table. It is usually necessary to overcome unexpected integrity constraints ( rarely occurs, if designed well) against a table. We can remove the Not Null constaint by using  ALTER TABLE …. ALTER COLUMN … option.

A sample query to is as below

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SQL Interview Questions – Basics 2

October 8, 2010 Leave a comment

What are the advantages and disadvantages of Surrogate Key ?

Pros:

  1. Business Logic is not in the keys.
  2. Small 4-byte key (the surrogate key will most likely be an integer and SQL Server for example requires only 4 bytes to store it, if a bigint, then 8 bytes).
  3. Joins are very fast.
  4. No locking contentions because of unique constraint (this refers to the waits that get developed when two sessions are trying to insert the same unique business key) as the surrogates get generated by the DB and are cached – very scalable.

Cons:

  1. An additional index is needed.  In SQL Server, the PK constraint will always creates a unique index, in Oracle, if an index already exists, PK creation will use that index for uniqueness enforcement (not a con in Oracle).
  2. Cannot be used as a search key.
  3. If it is database controlled, for products that support multiple databases, different implementations are needed, example: identity in SS2k, before triggers and sequences in Oracle, identity/sequence in DB2 UDB.
  4. Always requires a join when browsing the child table(s).

 

What are  identity columns?

An Identity column is a column (field ) in a database table that is made up of values generated by the database.

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Search for a pattern in sql server using patindex() and Charindex()

October 8, 2010 2 comments

Although these functions are not commonly used, these are really powerful in searching a pattern and returning the location of text/ string/ pattern. By understanding the functionality of both the string functions, we will be able to understand the difference as well.

PATINDEX()

The function searches for a pattern in a string / expression and returns the starting position of the first occurrence of the pattern. It works similar to the LIKE operator in any query.

The general syntax is

PATINDEX ( ‘%pattern%’ , expression )

You might have already noticed the ‘%’ symbols used in the pattern. These are important, as I mentioned earlier, use the same syntax as used for searching by  LIKE operator.

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Reindex the database with high fragmentation using “DBCC DBREINDEX”

October 8, 2010 Leave a comment

DBCC is one of the most commonly used commands by DBAs across the globe. Today I will introduce a simple way to reindex a specific or all indexes in a table using DBCC.

The command used for this is

DBCC DBREINDEX

General Sytax

DBCC DBREINDEX

(

table_name

[ , index_name [ , fillfactor ] ]

)

The best feature of this command is that,

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