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Aggregation and Indexed Views

Randolph West dives into the archives:

Ten years of hindsight (and being able to read the wrap-up post with all the responses) gives me an advantage in this retrospective, I admit, but I didn’t find the thing I was going to write about anyway even though one or two people had a similar idea. And that, dear reader, means that I can write about one of my favourite performance secret weapons: the indexed view. It’s essentially a regular view with an index (or indexes) attached to it. Oracle calls them materialized views. Unlike a regular view which is simply a query definition, the indexed view persists the results, making it a lot more efficient to query that data:

Read on for more information.