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Deferred Name Resolution In SQL Server

Kendra Little explains the concept of deferred name resolution in SQL Server:

In this case, I’m creating a temporary stored procedure (out of laziness, it means I don’t have to clean up a quick demo) –

CREATE OR ALTER PROCEDURE #testASIF 1=0 EXECUTE dbdoesnotexist.dbo.someproc;GO

The database dbdoesnotexist does NOT exist, but I’m still allowed to create the procedure.

When I do so, I get an informational message:

The module ‘#test’ depends on the missing object ‘dbdoesnotexist.dbo.someproc’. The module will still be created; however, it cannot run successfully until the object exists.

This can be useful in some cases where you’ll be querying a table or procedure that may not exist all the time, but which will exist when a certain code block is run.

But, as Kendra points out, deferred name resolution doesn’t work everywhere, so it’s important to know the rules around when it will or will not work.