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MS SQL 2000 - How to reuse a subquery?

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I have a long query, with some sub-queries. The sub-query (or derived table) is repeated. I had to use UNION to put the results together. The query works but it's too long.

select ....
from
(select  ......, ......, ......, ......, ......  
  from
 Mytable)
as Mysubquery
.......
union
select ....
from
(select  ......, ......, ......, ......, ......  
  from
 Mytable)
as Mysubquery
.......
.......
The sub-query "Mysubquery" above is exactly the same, and is repeated in multiple places in the sql query. This makes the code very lengthy (because the sub-query is kind of lengthy). What is the best way to specify the sub-query in one place and re-use through out the code? I guess I can use a view, but there must be a better (more efficient way), maybe through using temp tables or stored procedures?
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A view if this is really commonly used throughout your application, a temp table (or table variable) if it is only specific to one stored procedure or select statement
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
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I would create a temp table with the results of the subquery is not correlated.
if you have sql server 2005, you might use a function and apply the "cross apply" syntax with that.
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
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now, possibly you can rewrite your union?
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What is "cross-apply"?. I have SQL server 2000.
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by:Nightman
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It's specific to SQL 2005.
have a look here: http://www.databasejournal.com/features/mssql/article.php/3616286

Again, the recommendations are for you to use a temp table or table variable
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