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Crystal Report Record Selection - best practice for order of statements for performance?

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Is there a certain order that Record Selection statements (that may be the wrong term, but I refer to the portions between AND and OR usually in my case).

Should you start by using a field that is Primary Keyed/Indexed and work your way down (so that as it hits each part it is looking at fewer records)?  Or does it not matter in the greater scheme of things?
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It matters in some cases.

If you are using ANDs then I would use the field that would fail the most often first since the other cruteria wouldn't get evaluated.  The opposite for ORs.

There is one caveat.  If a field can be NULL you need to test that first since Crystal will stop execution if it tries to compare a NULL field to a value

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If you want to get really picky, there's also the question of how your tables are indexed.  If you're checking two fields and one is indexed and the other is not, you might want to check the indexed field first.  It's possible that something like that would be handled automatically somewhere along the line, but you could also try to arrange the tests yourself.

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Thanks for the info.
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You're welcome.

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