What other options do we have for Having?

The question:

I deleted my old question to be more precise on what I need.

we have a big query containing lots of smaller queries. This query runs really fine, until it reaches to the “having max” clause:

    ) < getdate() - @2_years_ago

is there any clause that can be faster than having max? because this is causing an index scan and looping and looping nonstop by the millions of rows that exists in the table.

i tried to do by row_number but got no luck.

And I just notice that this same query runs very well on other databases with the same structure.

just this one ( that funnyly has less rows) it doesnt work.

Dbs on the same server.

The Solutions:

Below are the methods you can try. The first solution is probably the best. Try others if the first one doesn’t work. Senior developers aren’t just copying/pasting – they read the methods carefully & apply them wisely to each case.

Method 1

It seems your primary issue is that poor cardinality estimation is causing the compiler to reorder the joins. This seems to be happening more when you use OPTION (RECOMPILE), because the server is making different estimations.

You should be able to simplify your current query enough that the compiler will find it easier to

Without seeing your schema it’s hard to say exactly, but it seems you can flip around the EXISTS logic to NOT EXISTS.

  • Your original says “ensure the maximum date in the group is less than my date”
  • You actually want that there should be no rows in the group which are less than the date, so you can say “ensure that there are no rows with a date more than my date”.
  • You now don’t need a HAVING to find the maximum date.

Your existing query has numerous issues:

  • a b c are silly aliases, consider using more meaningful ones.
  • Use [] to quote column names, not ''. Don’t quote at all unless you have to.
  • Why is NOLOCK splattered everywhere like confetti, what do you hope to achieve with it? It has very serious implications for data integrity. Consider using TABLOCK hints instead, or SNAPSHOT isolation.
  • The left-join tables are being filtered so you have an implicit inner join, you should just use inner joins instead.
  • An EXISTS subquery does not need to select anything, in fact it is ignored. You can just do EXISTS (SELECT 1.
  • Why three subqueries, looks like you should be able to do it in one.
  • where b.[MerchantLogId] = a.[MerchantLogId] group by b.[MerchantLogId] makes no sense: you will always have exactly one group so no need for group by.
  • It seems you don’t need NTFM_MerchantLog in the subqueries, because that is joined by primary key.
  • Don’t use arithmetic on dates, it doesn’t work well. Instead use DATEADD

It also seems you can combine the three subqueries into one, by joining all the tables and using OR (for this you will still need some left-joins).

Hopefully after making all these improvements you should see better performance

  'NTFM_MerchantLog' AS [Process Master],
  COUNT(DISTINCT ml.MerchantLogId) AS [Registers Count]
  dbo.NTFM_MerchantLog ml
  JOIN dbo.v_ntfm_merchantlogstatus mls on mls.MerchantLogStatusId = ml.StatusId
  ml.CreateDate < @Today - @lv_2484deletionCycle
  AND mls.Status IN ('Closed', 'Expired', 'Reconciled') 

    FROM dbo.ntfm_merchantlogtransactions mlt
    JOIN dbo.accounttransaction at1 ON at1.accountTransactionId = mlt.accountTransactionId

        dbo.ntfm_merchantlogtransactions mlt2
        JOIN dbo.ntfm_merchantlog ml2 ON ml2.MerchantLogId = mlt2.MerchantLogId

        LEFT JOIN (
            dbo.ntfm_merchantlogtransactions mlt3
            JOIN dbo.accounttransaction at2 on at2.accountTransactionId = mlt3.accountTransactionId
        ) ON mlt3.MerchantLogId = ml2.MerchantLogId
    ) ON mlt2.accountTransactionId = at1.accountTransactionId

       mlt.MerchantLogId = ml.MerchantLogId
     AND (
           at1.postingdt  >= DATEADD(day, [email protected]_2484deletionCycle, @Today)
        OR ml2.createdate >= DATEADD(day, [email protected]_2484deletionCycle, @Today)
        OR at2.postingdt  >= DATEADD(day, [email protected]_2484deletionCycle, @Today)

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