What does a cross apply do?
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Consequently, how does a cross apply work?
CROSS APPLY returns only rows from the outer table that produce a result set from the table-valued function. It other words, result of CROSS APPLY doesn't contain any row of left side table expression for which no result is obtained from right side table expression. CROSS APPLY work as a row by row INNER JOIN.
Subsequently, question is, what is difference between cross join and cross join? 1. A cross join that does not have a WHERE clause produces the Cartesian product of the tables involved in the join. 1. The APPLY operator allows you to invoke a table-valued function for each row returned by an outer table expression of a query.
Also asked, why would you use a cross join?
A cross join is used when you wish to create combination of every row from two tables. All row combinations are included in the result; this is commonly called cross product join. A common use for a cross join is to create obtain all combinations of items, such as colors and sizes.
Is Cross apply faster than inner join?
Both can return multiple columns and rows. While most queries which employ CROSS APPLY can be rewritten using an INNER JOIN, CROSS APPLY can yield better execution plan and better performance, since it can limit the set being joined yet before the join occurs.