Solved SQL Views don't incorporate new columns added to a table

Posted on 2016-10-04
Last Modified: 2016-10-04
I have a number of Views in my SQL 2014 database that pull data from a number of tables. If I add new columns to one of the tables then run my application that reads the database schema to show all columns from the table doesn't update. Is this because the schema in the database hasn't been updated?
Is there a way to refresh all views so that they bring in new columns?
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Vitor Montalvão earned 500 total points
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Views usually have static columns unless you create the view with SELECT * FROM ...
With that said, if you add a new column to a table that's part of a view then you need to update the view to have the new column returned (this is not a refresh, since there's such thing for views but an ALTER VIEW operation).
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by:Pawan Kumar
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In this case use below to get the newly added columns..

EXECUTE sp_refreshview N'ViewName';
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by:Vitor Montalvão
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sp_refreshview does NOT add new columns. As it says in the MSDN article it only refreshes the metadata for the view (column data type change or relationships changes for example).
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by:Pawan Kumar
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I mean if the user added new columns in the table and if you have "SELECT *" in the view then one has to
use below to get the new column from the view.

EXECUTE sp_refreshview N'ViewName';

It is one of the famous limitation of the views
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by:Vitor Montalvão
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It is one of the famous limitation of the views
Famous? What are the others limitations?

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Thanks very much

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