When we write queries that need to filter data, we tend to want to have that filtering happen as far over to the right in a query plan as possible. Ideally, data is filtered when we access the index.
Whether it’s a seek or a scan, or if it has a residual predicate, and if that’s all appropriate isn’t really the question.
In general, those outcomes are preferable to what happens when SQL Server is unable to do any of them for various reasons. The further over to the right in a query plan we can reduce the number of rows we need to contend with, the better.
Read on to see where Erik takes this and stay tuned for part 2.