VB.net SQL Client slow

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I am using VB.net SQL Client to pull data on my local connection from a view that has 6 million records.
In the process I count the number of items in for instance a column called "Plant" that can contain only one of two
values "P01" and "P02". If I count the number of records that contain "P02" it times out. I tested it in SQL Server Management Studio and it took three minutes.
Is the technology the problem or is this something that might be caused by the speed at which my computer is running?
Murray BrownMicrosoft Cloud Azure/Excel Solution DeveloperAsked:
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Mike EghtebasDatabase and Application DeveloperCommented:
If it returns total of P01" and "P02", and it is not grouped by, say "Plant", using a function call, you may want, to have total of "P01"s and then say total op "P02"s = Number or records in the tabale - "P01"s

But I don't it is this simple and there must be some category of some sort to group by. Just a thought.
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Fernando SotoRetiredCommented:
This sound like a need to implement a index on the column "Plant" which should drastically increase the response time. I am not an SQL database Guru so I can't direct you in how to go about this implementing the index.

In answer to to your question, "Is the technology the problem or is this something that might be caused by the speed at which my computer is running?", well the technology is not the problem. The problem is that it sounds like the database table/view is poorly designed for what you need to do.
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Éric MoreauSenior .Net ConsultantCommented:
how do you count them? it should look like this:

select Plant, count(*) from YourTableName

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I am not sure that creating an index would help in this case as you only have 2 values (not enough discriminating)
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Fernando SotoRetiredCommented:
Hi Eric;

Seeming that an index will segregate the values stored in the column, so all "P01" will be together and all "P02" will be together, and you want to query for only "P01" and lets say that "P01" is 1/4 of the 6 million records then it would only take 1/4 of the time to return the known "P01" records?
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Éric MoreauSenior .Net ConsultantCommented:
not in the case of a count where all the rows needs to be scanned
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Fernando SotoRetiredCommented:
Hi Eric;

In the question it states this, "If I count the number of records that contain "P02" it times out.", so are you saying that SQL server would not optimize the query plan to take into account the index of that column seeming you would not be counting all entries?
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Éric MoreauSenior .Net ConsultantCommented:
would need to check the execution plan.
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Mike EghtebasDatabase and Application DeveloperCommented:
murbro,

1. What the query looks like, are there other fields involved?

2. What is your connection string?

3. Paste the try catch with the rest of the code here. If no try catch, still paste the code for us to see.

Mike
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Vitor MontalvãoMSSQL Senior EngineerCommented:
If I count the number of records that contain "P02" it times out. I tested it in SQL Server Management Studio and it took three minutes.
That's because in SSMS you don't have a timeout period set but you do in VS. You need to change the timeout period in the connection in VS (by default is 30 seconds).
Also as recommended here by Fernando Soto, an index on the column may help increase the performance of your query.
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Murray BrownMicrosoft Cloud Azure/Excel Solution DeveloperAuthor Commented:
thanks
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