It wasn’t until a few years ago, when I started contributing to the First Responder Kit at Brent Ozar Unlimited, that I noticed every status message in the kit scripts was thrown with something other than PRINT.
Strange, I thought, since those scripts like to report on what statements are running. Turns out, they avoided PRINT because it has some serious drawbacks:
- PRINT doesn’t necessarily output anything at the moment it’s called.
- PRINT statements won’t show up in Profiler.
- PRINT can’t be given variable information without CAST or CONVERT.
Those are important limitations, as Doug shows.