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28 September 2016
28 September 2016

Investigating Indexes

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Rebuilding indexes is an activity that you shouldn’t need to do often. There are always a few special cases – like when you’ve moved or recreated a table or if you’ve done a massive delete on a table – when it’s probably a reasonable idea but, in general, there are very few cases where there’s any great benefit to b… Read more
10 October 2014
10 October 2014

Index design: discard and sort

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Designing an index is not done through “trial and error”. This kind of strategy seems to doom many engineered indexes to imprecision, explosion, and locking issues. Designing a precise index very often tends to be a “kill two birds with one stone” strategy.  In this article I am going to show you how to design a single index with whic… Read more
25 November 2010
25 November 2010

Index Selection and the Query Optimizer

While we all know that the Query Optimizer uses Indexes to produce better execution plans, we don't all know exactly which indexes will give the best results. Benjamin Nevarez has done the research, and in this sample from his upcoming book, "Inside the SQL Server Query Optimizer", he helps us to understand how the Query Optimizer selects indexes to improve execution plans.… Read more