SQL University–Recommendations for a Clustered Index

SQL Server 2005, SQL Server 2008, SQLServerPedia Syndication, TSQL
Welcome, SQL University Students to another extension class here at Miskatonic University, home to the Fighting Cephalopods (GO PODS!). Never mind the stains on the floor, or the walls…or those really nasty ones on the ceiling. There was a… oh what did the dean call it… an incident last week when one of the students had a little accident after reading Die Vermiss Mysteriis one too many times. But we’re not here to talk about arcane tomes and unspeakable horrors today. No, today we’re here to talk about clustered indexes. SQL Server storage is really predicated around the idea of clustered indexes. Don’t believe me? Let’s list a few places that require a clustered index: Partitioning. A table in SQL Azure In order to create XML indexes What about the…
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SQL University: Introduction to Indexes, Part the Third

SQL Server 2005, SQL Server 2008, SQLServerPedia Syndication, TSQL
Nice to see most of you have managed to fight your way through the shoggoths outside to attend another lecture at the Miskatonic branch of SQL University. This will be the third and final part of the introduction to indexes lecture. Please, if you're going mad, step out into the hall. Our previous two lectures introduced the concept of indexes and then talked about two types of indexes, clustered and nonclustered. This lecture will cover the concept of statistics as they relate to indexes. If you followed the previous lecture then you know that indexes are stored in a Balanced Tree or B-Tree structure. You know that this storage mechanism is intended to provide fast retrieval of data. But, how can the query engine inside SQL Server know which index…
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SQL University: Introduction to Indexes, Part the Second

SQL Server 2005, SQL Server 2008, SQLServerPedia Syndication, TSQL
Welcome once more to the Miskatonic branch of SQL University. Please try to concentrate. I realize the whipoorwills singing outside the window in a coordinated fashion that sounds almost like laboured breathing can be distracting, but we're talking about indexes here. We left last class with a general idea what an index is, now it's time for some specifics. There are several different kinds of indexes, as we talked about last class. But the two you're probably going to work with the most are clustered, non-clustered. Each of these indexes is stored in a structure called a B-Tree, a balanced tree, not a binary tree. That's a very important distinction. A B-Tree is a double-linked list that is defined by the keys of the indexes on the top and intermediate pages, and…
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SQL University: Introduction to Indexes, Part the First

PowerShell, spatial data, SQL Server 2005, SQL Server 2008, SQLServerPedia Syndication, TSQL
Right, all eldritch tomes are to be closed and Elder Signs are to be put away during this course. Welcome to the History department here at the Miskatonic branch of SQL University. Why the History department? Well, first, because I like history and have frequently thought I would enjoy teaching it. Second, because I needed a hook upon which to hang part of the story I want to tell. What story is that you ask? Why, the story of the Dewey Decimal System. We are interested in studying history and historians must classify our subjects carefully. For advanced students we'll be covering the Library of Congress Classification System and the... Right, I give, this is the introductory class on indexes. If you thought we were covering something exciting and sexy like PowerShell,…
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