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How TOP wrecks performance (part 1)

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The TOP keyword in the SELECT clause may not be ANSI standard, but I am sure we have all used it. But do you know that it comes with two optional keywords? And have you used them? They are PERCENT and WITH TIES. TOP Let’s first look at the based functionality of TOP, and how it affects performance – which in fact, contrary to the title of this post, is usually quite good for performance. Here is a simple example, using the AdventureWorks2012 sample database (which can be downloaded from Codeplex). Let’s start with a very basic example: SELECT   CustomerID,…
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