This came up in a recent interview, the topic of indexing a database.
While I know it’s a concept that exists, I didn’t have enough knowledge at hand to have a fluent conversation about the topic. This note is an attempt at correcting that, lol.
What is DB indexing
Database indexing is a way to reduce lookup time of a database.
When can I index?
- You have millions/billions of rows in your tables, & lookup time has become unusable
- You know your data access patterns
Types of indexes
- Clustered/Non-clustered index