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How (not) to design a SQL Server table

I recently saw the worst example of  how not to design a table and indexes in SQL Server.

So here it is:

Table1(UserID,ActivityID,ActivityType,AddDate)

Role : Log any activity that a user is invited for.

PrimaryKey: … Wait for it … tada : UserID,ActivityID,ActivityType,AddDate … Wait you say …. YES … all table columns are used for the primary key and of course by default this will be a clustered index. Which means that if you want to insert 100K records in this table … it will split a lot of pages to reorganize the index beside actually adding the table records.

Wait … it gets better…

Someone created a non clustered index on ActivityID,UserID,,ActivityType,AddDate … yes in that order … and NO it does not help but I guess not everybody knows that a non clustered index will contain the clustered index besides the actual index.

So let’s recap:

Table : 4 Columns

PK Clustered Index: Same 4 Columns

Non clustered index: Same 4 columns x2

Insert efficiency -> extremely poor.