You might have heard many times that one should not use SELECT * as there are many disadvantages to the usage of the SELECT *. I also believe that there are always rare occasion when we need every single column of the query. In most of the cases, we only need a few columns of the query and we should retrieve only those columns. SELECT * has many disadvantages. Let me list a few and remaining you can add as a comment.
There are two quick tricks I have discussed in the video which explains how users can avoid using SELECT * but instead list the column names.
1) Drag the columns folder from SQL Server Management Studio to Query Editor
2) Right Click on Table Name >> Script TAble AS >> SELECT To… >> Select option
It is extremely easy to list the column names in the table. In today’s sixty seconds video, you will notice that I was able to demonstrate both the methods very quickly. From now onwards there should be no excuse for not listing ColumnName. Let me ask a question back – is there ever a reason to SELECT *? If yes, would you please share that as a comment.
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Reference: Pinal Dave (http://blog.sqlauthority.com)