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Posted - 2000-10-16 : 17:22:17
In this excellent article Doug covers the basics of creating an Indexed View. He also goes into detail on sizing considerations and when and when not to use an Indexed View.

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Posted - 2004-09-22 : 12:11:55
I thought I would try using an indexed view in my application for data loads we get once a day (we currently have to do some subqueries, and I wanted to replace them with a join on an indexed view). However, the restrictions on them made it impossible. I think indexed views are pretty much useless in their current form.

Does anyone know if they are improved in SQL Server 2005?


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Posted - 2004-09-22 : 13:34:13
My sentiments entirely. We used this to, for example, put a unique index on a table that permitted multiple rows with NULL - the NULL rows were excluded in the VIEW and thus we got a unique index on the not-null ones.

Ever since then we've been playing silly-B's with ARITHABORT, INSTEAD_OF triggers to work around the fact that you cann't insert through the VIEW and a bunch of other stuff.

No doubt for queries that use VIEWs with indexes that actualy had performance problems its a bonus, but the crafty use we have used them for has been a PITA.

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