The Equality Operator

The equality operator is both the most trivial and the most frequently used SQL operator. Indexing mistakes that affect performance are still very common and where clauses that combine multiple conditions are particularly vulnerable.

This section shows how to verify index usage and explains how concatenated indexes can optimize combined conditions. To aid understanding, we will analyze a slow query to see the real world impact of the causes explained in Chapter 1.

About the Author

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Markus Winand tunes developers for high SQL performance. He also published the book SQL Performance Explained and offers in-house training as well as remote coaching at