Posted By: Anonymous
Is there a better way of doing a query like this:
SELECT COUNT(*) FROM (SELECT DISTINCT DocumentId, DocumentSessionId FROM DocumentOutputItems) AS internalQuery
I need to count the number of distinct items from this table but the distinct is over two columns.
My query works fine but I was wondering if I can get the final result using just one query (without using a sub-query)
If you are trying to improve performance, you could try creating a persisted computed column on either a hash or concatenated value of the two columns.
Once it is persisted, provided the column is deterministic and you are using “sane” database settings, it can be indexed and / or statistics can be created on it.
I believe a distinct count of the computed column would be equivalent to your query.