As MySQL database administrators, we are well aware of the significance of implementing a primary key within a table. Throughout our careers, most of us have encountered situations where the absence of a primary key has led to operational challenges. Primary keys play an indispensable role in sound database design by uniquely identifying individual rows and significantly enhancing data retrieval, manipulation, and overall system performance.
From the MySQL documentation:
The PRIMARY KEY clause is a critical factor affecting the performance of MySQL queries and the space usage for tables and indexes. The primary key uniquely identifies a row in a table. Every row in the table should have a primary key value, and no two rows can have the same primary key value.
It is common for tables to be inadvertently created without a primary key, often leading to regrettable consequences that we only recognize when issues …[Read more]