Query Store Improvements I’d Like To See For SQL Server: Forced Plan Association

Spirited Away

This week’s posts are a series of short, and, admittedly lazy ones about improvements I’d like to see in Query Store.

I’m away from home for the Holiday Week, and I don’t have a lot of time to write at the moment. Normally I’d put these all into one post. I do hope you, dear reader, will forgive me. In the spirit of the holidays, or something.

Problem Three

Not every application is designed well. This may be shocking news to some of you.

One area where I consistently see application developers go wrong is with parameterization. Either their ORM doesn’t use parameters at all, or it only partially parameterizes queries.

When this happens, you can end up with a lot of duplicate plans both in your plan cache and in Query Store.

For queries that have no parameterization, the Forced Parameterization database setting can be very useful, but it doesn’t help with queries that are only partially parameterized.

It would be absolutely stellar if Query Store had a mechanism for associating queries with the same query or plan hashes are “morally equivalent” even if they’re not parameterized and be able to force them to use the same query plan, when you have a good one.

This would solve many applications problems that I see out there, where the developers refuse to lift a finger to solve basic problems that end users end up feeling.

Thanks for reading!

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