Indexed views were first available for creation in SQL Server 2000 and continue to be a viable means for improving query performance in SQL Server 2012. An index can be created on a view in all versions of SQL Server 2012, but there are limitations on some of the versions. The Developer and Enterprise Editions of SQL Server 2012 are the only editions that support the use of indexed views for queries that don’t specifically reference the views. Other editions of SQL Server must reference the view by name in the SQL statements and must also use the
NOEXPAND keyword in the query. The details of
NOEXPAND are discussed in the section, “To Expand or Not to Expand,” later in this chapter.
Regardless of the edition of SQL Server ...