Subject Re: [firebird-support] SQL - performance
Author Martijn Tonies
Hi Helen,

> >Just looking at the query, both will be very poor performers. Both will
> >require the SQL engine to evaluate the columns for every row in the
> >table by brute force.
> This isn't so. The Firebird optimizer will convert the first query:
> select * from planoconta where nivel like '01.01%'
> to this:
> select * from planoconta where nivel STARTING WITH '01.01'
> and will use an index on nivel, if there is one.
> The second query has an expression for its search operand, ruling out use
> of the index (for now...expression indices are coming...but the expression
> index would have to exist).

On the other hand, a substring(1, x) could be converted to a
STARTING WITH as well :-)

No need for expression indices there.

With regards,

Martijn Tonies
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