Using the SET NOCOUNT SQL Method

Whenever an SQL query has been executed it usually returns the number of rows as well as a short message. Sometimes when working with multiple Stored Procedures, each having multiple statements, you can quickly end up with a very long list of “Rows Affected” messages, or sometimes you simply do not need to know how many rows have been affected.

By switching off the DONE_IN_PROC messages you can actually boost the performance of queries and network traffic. To use NOCOUNT all you need to do is to add this statement above your query (wherever the query may be):

SET NOCOUNT ON--SQL QUERY
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