Efficient Use Of Indexes In MySQL

These are the slides of the “Efficient Use Of Indexes In MySQL” talk we delivered on the SFMySQL Meetup.

This is an introductory talk for developers on MySQL indexes. In my opinion, it’s quite important to understand how InnoDB organizes data. If you know how MySQL accesses data, it’s easier to write optimal queries.

When working with queries, I imagine secondary indexes as a table with records sorted by secondary key fields. This is a powerful concept that helps to understand the MySQL logic. It’s also easy to understand complex optimizations like loose index scan.

For example, for index (last_name, rank) the secondary index table looks like:

Enjoy the slides!

The talk has been recorded. Unfortunately, sound is very quiet. Probably a webinar on the topic will make it up. Let me know if you’d be interested in the comments below!

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