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Re: How could this SQL be optimized?
Posted by: Marion Gordon
Date: August 21, 2014 11:03PM

The SQL compiler constructs permutations of tables in the FROM clause of a query. The qualified inner join (x inner join y on p syntax) does not dictate a join order but the outer join syntax does. Otherwise join order is subject to change by the compiler's decision.

The first order tried by the optimizer is the initial left to right order of the FROM clause. The compiler remembers its best result so far attained in trying various compilations, so it will not explore branches of the table permutation tree which, while incomplete, exceed the cost of the best complete result so far. Thus a good guess of initial table order by the programmer may save compilation time.

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