[thelist] The evils of * in SQL statements...

Raymond Camden rcamden at allaire.com
Thu Dec 14 14:15:56 CST 2000

What's interesting, (and someone correct me if I'm wrong), while it's
certainly true you should never use select *, I've heard that if you really
DO want all the columns back, that select * is better then select
col1,col2,etc. Can someone confirm/deny this?

Raymond Camden, Principal Spectra Compliance Engineer for Allaire

Email   : jedimaster at allaire.com
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: thelist-admin at lists.evolt.org
> [mailto:thelist-admin at lists.evolt.org]On Behalf Of Joe Crawford
> Sent: Thursday, December 14, 2000 3:03 PM
> To: thelist at lists.evolt.org
> Subject: [thelist] The evils of * in SQL statements...
> Hello evolters (and kudos on evolt.org 2.0) --
> A while back Rudy mentioned something about "the evil of * in select
> statements" and said something like (reference available) after it.
> Well - I'm sort of asking Rudy - but I'd like to hear more about this. I
> know the general principal is "don't pull more from the database than
> you need, as this impacts performance, etc" - but I'd like to hear it
> straight from the SQL-Gods's Mouth. :-)

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