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Why isn’t my filtered index being used?

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Published Sunday, February 22, 2015 10:42 PM by Rob Farley

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Alvin Park said:

Well how can I register myselg on this site??

February 23, 2015 4:53 AM

Marcel said:

You can use parametrized dynamic SQL alternatively which is immune to injection.

February 24, 2015 5:47 PM

Rob Farley said:

Hi Marcel,

Yes (as per my post that I linked to above), but if you use parameters (with OPTION (RECOMPILE)) then the QO needs to come up with a plan that is general and is unlikely to use your filtered index.

February 24, 2015 6:03 PM

Matt said:

Nice article, this is quite subtle but very useful knowledge that needs to be thought about.

If filtered indexes are susceptible to this problem then is it a good alternative idea to embed the filter clause in a view, index the view and then query on the view? Clearly the developer has to know how to make this work safely but this may well satisfy a lot of situations where the filtered index might be applied.

June 21, 2016 6:24 AM

Rob Farley said:

Oh Matt - I'm totally in favour of using views to help developers make good decisions about predicates they should use. :)

June 21, 2016 6:29 AM

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