Question of the Day Twenty-One

Let us continue our question of the day series with day twenty-one.

What is an execution plan?

Contrary to popular belief the execution plan is not a swinging rope or a firing squad, although with some developers, nevermind.  The SQL Server query optimizer devises a plan of execution for your query in order to try to return the efficient results in the quickest manner possible.  Keep in mind that the engine does not always choose the absolute best plan, it strives to choose the best plan in quickest amount of time using complex calculations.



About SQLGator

Florida Gator and Microsoft Data Platform MVP, Star Wars fanatic and is there anything else...oh yeah PS4! I am a geek and SQL Server DBA who dabbles with VMWare, there are other technologies greater than these? Not so fast my friend! I also love to travel to new and exotic places.

Posted on August 23, 2012, in SQL Schoolhouse and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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