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Added a Table of Contents

Not a big deal, but I just added a “Table of Contents” page to my blog to make finding older articles much easier.

I noticed most of my posts are quite lengthy, and it can take a bit of searching/clicking to find an older entry. So unless you happen to recall the ‘month/year’ it was published, which I don’t even remember that, then hopefully this will help.

Really simple, and looks just like this:

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Using EXPLAIN EXTENDED / SHOW WARNINGS to Help Troubleshoot Inefficient Queries in MySQL

When examining the execution plan of troublesome queries in MySQL, most users are aware of using EXPLAIN. However, an often overlooked, yet very helpful extension of EXPLAIN, is EXPLAIN EXTENDED coupled with the SHOW WARNINGS command.

The reason being is because it provides a little more information about how the optimizer processes the query, and thus it could help to quickly identify a problem that you might not otherwise recognize with just EXPLAIN.

For instance, here is a common query which could be inefficient:

SELECT id FROM t WHERE id='1';

And here is the CREATE TABLE output:

mysql> show create table tG
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Greatest N per group: top 3 with GROUP_CONCAT()

In my opinion, one of the best things that happened to Planet MySQL lately, is Explain Extended, a blog by Alex Bolenok (also known as Quassnoi on Stackoverflow).

I never had the pleasure of meeting Alex in person, but his articles are always interesting and of high quality, and the SQL wizardry he pulls off is downright inspiring. I really feel humbled by the creativity of some of his solutions and his apparent experience with multiple RDBMS products.

Alex' most recent post is about aggregation, and finding a top 3 based on the aggregate:

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