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Rewriting Tricky Functions in SQL Server

Erik Darling fights dragons:

Far and away, some of the trickiest situations I run into when helping clients is rewriting scalar functions that have WHILE loops in them.

This sort of procedural code is often difficult, but not impossible, to replace with set-based logic.

Erik improves a function in this post, though often, the best way to improve a function is not to play the game at all.