Aaron Bertrand keeps metadata in sync:
As much as we tell people to use SCHEMABINDING and avoid SELECT *, there is still a wide range of reasons people do not. A well-documented problem with SELECT * in views, specifically, is that the system caches the metadata about the view from the time the view was created, not when the view is queried. If the underlying table later changes, the view doesn’t reflect the updated schema without refreshing, altering, or recreating the view. Wouldn’t it be great if you could stop worrying about that scenario and have the system automatically keep the metadata in sync?
It’s almost entirely not apropos, but the first thing I thought of when I read the title and Problem statement was Goethe’s line about Mephistopheles: “Oft evil will shall evil mar.” Make of that what you will.Leave a Comment