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Microsoft® SQL Server 2008 R2 Unleashed by Alex T. Silverstein, Chris Gallelli, Paul Bertucci, Ray Rankins

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Automatic Query Plan Recompilation

SQL Server attempts to reuse existing execution plans for stored procedures, but certain operations cause the execution plans to become inefficient or invalid. In these cases, a new execution plan needs to be recompiled on the next execution of the stored procedure. The following conditions cause a plan to be invalidated:

• Whenever there is a change to the schema of a referenced table or view

• When an index for a referenced table is dropped or changed

• When the statistics used by an execution plan have been updated, either explicitly or automatically

• When sp_recompile has been run on a table referenced by a stored procedure

• When a sufficient number of data changes have been made to a table that is referenced ...

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