Views

Remarks

Views are stored queries that can be queried like regular tables. Views are not part of the physical model of the database. Any changes that are applied to the data source of a view, such as a table, will be reflected in the view as well.

Create a view

CREATE VIEW dbo.PersonsView
AS
SELECT
    name, 
    address 
FROM persons;

Create a view with schema binding

If a view is created WITH SCHEMABINDING, the underlying table(s) can't be dropped or modified in such a way that they would break the view. For example, a table column referenced in a view can't be removed.

CREATE VIEW dbo.PersonsView
WITH SCHEMABINDING
AS
SELECT 
    name,
    address
FROM dbo.PERSONS  -- database schema must be specified when WITH SCHEMABINDING is present

Views without schema binding can break if their underlying table(s) change or get dropped. Querying a broken view results in an error message. sp_refreshview can be used to ensure existing views without schema binding aren't broken.

Create or replace view

This query will drop the view - if it already exists - and create a new one.

IF OBJECT_ID('dbo.PersonsView', 'V') IS NOT NULL
    DROP VIEW dbo.PersonsView
GO

CREATE VIEW dbo.PersonsView
AS
SELECT
    name, 
    address 
FROM persons;


2016-08-09
2016-12-13
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