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SQL Anywhere 10.0.1 » SQL Anywhere Server - SQL Usage » Query Optimization and Execution » Physical data organization and access » Indexes

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When to create an index


There is no simple formula to determine whether or not an index should be created. You must consider the trade-off of the benefits of indexed retrieval versus the maintenance overhead of that index. The following factors may help to determine whether you should create an index:

The Index Consultant is a tool that assists you in the selection of an appropriate set of indexes for your database. See Index Consultant.

Temporary tables

You can create indexes on both local and global temporary tables. You may want to consider indexing a temporary table if you expect it will be large and accessed several times in sorted order or in a join. Otherwise, any improvement in performance for queries is likely to be outweighed by the cost of creating and dropping the index.

For more information, see Working with indexes.