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December 2011, Vol. 8

SQL Server stored procedures supercharged in recent, upcoming versions

SQL Server stored procedures are Transact-SQL (T-SQL) statements or references to the common language runtime in Microsoft’s .NET framework that are designed to make database querying easier. They accept input parameters, return output parameters and perform operations including SELECT, INSERT, UPDATE and DELETE in the database. Stored procedures provide a number of benefits, from reducing network traffic to reusing cached execution plans and providing increased security and improved ease of maintenance.    SQL Server 2008 introduced a slew of features that offer a significant boost in stored-procedure performance over its earlier counterpart, SQL Server 2005. Almost three years later, 2008 R2 was rolled out with just a few minor tweaks to stored procedures. SQL Server 2012, which will be released sometime this year and is now available in a release candidate version, packs a number of its own performance-boosting additions. Stored procedures today One of the biggest stored-procedure improvements in SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 ...

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