Elastic Query in Azure SQL Database and Views

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The question came up, how do the constructs necessary for Elastic Query within Azure SQL Database affect your ability to create views that join across databases. Since I haven't tested this myself, and I haven't seen anyone else doing anything with it yet, I decided to set up a test. I recreated my cross database queries using the scripts posted here. Let's create a view: CREATE VIEW dbo.JoinedView AS SELECT dt.Val, dt2.Val AS Val2 FROM dbo.DB1Table AS dt LEFT JOIN dbo.DB2Table AS dt2 ON dt2.ID = dt.ID; If I run the query, I get back results. Done. We can create views that join between Azure SQL Databases... But, views are all about masking right? What if I wanted to change the name of the table on my database. Could I…
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Cross Database Query in Azure SQL Database

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You can't query across databases in Azure SQL Database... or can you? Let's check. I've created two new databases on an existing server: I've created two tables on each respective database: CREATE TABLE dbo.DB1Table ( ID INT IDENTITY(1, 1) NOT NULL PRIMARY KEY, Val VARCHAR(50) ); CREATE TABLE dbo.DB2Table ( ID INT IDENTITY(1, 1) NOT NULL PRIMARY KEY, Val VARCHAR(50) ); Now, let's query the DB2 table from the DB1 database: SELECT * FROM DB2.dbo.DB2Table AS dt; And here's the lovely error message: Msg 40515, Level 15, State 1, Line 35 Reference to database and/or server name in 'DB2.dbo.DB2Table' is not supported in this version of SQL Server. So, like I said, you can't do three part name¬†cross-database queries in Azure SQL Database... oh wait, that's not quite¬†what I said…
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