SQL Distinct List for fields in very large tables

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I need to create a distinct list of values for columns in tables that are between 5 and 10 million records.
These lists can be up to 200,000 records long. At the moment I am creating them while my app runs and
it takes a long time. How do I get around this? Should I create views or tables that have a distinct list?
Murray BrownMicrosoft Cloud Azure/Excel Solution DeveloperAsked:
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PortletPaulEE Topic AdvisorCommented:
There is no detail information to work with, so a generic answer would be:

Views will probably be faster than what you do now; Tables would be faster than views.

Indexes on the source table will have a big influence on performance.
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HuaMin ChenProblem resolverCommented:
Hi,
1. put "distinct" to the statement
2. You can then select the records into other table, on which there is table constraint that is ensuring uniqueness of all records.
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Valliappan ANSenior Tech ConsultantCommented:
You can use (NOLOCK) attribute to your select query something like this, to avoid locking of all those records while fetching, which will dramatically give good performance. Something like this:

Select DISTINCT field1, field2,...,fieldn FROM [yourtable] (NOLOCK)
JOIN [anothertable] (NOLOCK) ON <join condition>
 
HTH.
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Murray BrownMicrosoft Cloud Azure/Excel Solution DeveloperAuthor Commented:
Thanks
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