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Posted - 08/19/2002 :  15:37:38  Show Profile  Visit AskSQLTeam's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Dave submitted "A quick demonstration of a technique for using a comma delimited value in a SQL Server stored procedure that doesn't use dynamic sql."

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Posted - 11/07/2002 :  16:38:36  Show Profile  Visit jsmith8858's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Try this for much easier method:

select * from TableOfIDs
charindex(',' + ID,',' + @IDList,1) <> 0

@IDList the comma-delimited list of ID's.

Adding a comma before both strings ensures that if you are looking for an ID of 15 you won't get 14415223 as well. If you are using ID's that are the same length, you don't need do append the comma.

Try it out, let me know what you think.

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Posted - 11/07/2002 :  17:01:27  Show Profile  Visit Dave Kawliche's Homepage  Reply with Quote
That is definitely a cool solution to the problem. The biggest drawback I can see is that it will always force a tablescan whereas the technique in the linked article can make use of an index-friendly inner join expression. If you just want to type less but still make use of indexes, I think graz's recent idea to wrap the csv to tablevar parsing into a UDF gives you the best of both worlds. See

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Dave Kawliche
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