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Pattern Searches on Numbers

Erik Darling does an odd search:

Most of the time, it’s some query that looks like this:


c = COUNT_BIG(*)

FROM dbo.Posts AS p

WHERE p.OwnerUserId LIKE ‘2265%’

The cruddy thing here is that… SQL Server doesn’t handle this well.

At first, my thought was, “Why not just use an inequality operator like p.OwnerUserID >= 22650000 AND p.OwnerUserID < 22660000 but then I remembered that we’re probably dealing with multiple orders of magnitude here and the whole thing made my head hurt a little.