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Re: Performance on writable views

From: Heikki Linnakangas <heikki(at)enterprisedb(dot)com>
To: pgsql-sql <pgsql-sql(at)postgresql(dot)org>, postgresql performance list <pgsql-performance(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: Performance on writable views
Date: 2007-08-11 07:42:54
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Enrico Weigelt wrote:
> I'm often using writable views as interfaces to clients, so 
> they only see "virtual" objects and never have to cope with
> the actual storage, ie. to give some client an totally 
> denormalized view of certain things, containing only those 
> information required for certain kind of operations. 
> This method is nice for creating easy and robust client 
> interfaces - internal schema changes are not visible to 
> the client. In situations when many, many clients - often
> coded/maintained by different people - have to access an
> database which is still under development (typical for 
> many inhouse applications), it helps to circument interface
> instabilities.
> Now I've got the strange feeling that this makes updates
> slow, since it always has to run the whole view query to
> fetch an record to be updated (ie. to get OLD.*).

There is some overhead in rewriting the query, but it shouldn't be
significantly slower than issuing the statements behind the view
directly. I wouldn't worry about it, unless you have concrete evidence
that it's causing problems.

  Heikki Linnakangas

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