Difference between DISTINCT and GROUP BY

Today we had an interesting situation where the same query was executed significantly slower when it was written with GROUP BY instead of DISTINCT and I saw many people still had the assumption that these two types of queries are actually equivalent which is simply not true. Although DISTINCT queries … Continue reading

Unindexed queries can be really expensive

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The story happened with a webshop application running on Amazon EC2 microinstances. Actually on two instance. Amazon business model is basically simple, they ask money for only three things: Cpu time, IOPS and network traffic. Everybody (including me) thinks for the first time network traffic will be the bottleneck until … Continue reading