Even the most experienced MySQL developers continue to learn throughout their working lives. New methods and various professional tips become the MySQL community asset. By sharing them, all professionals help their colleagues stay on the edge.

The current Best practices for writing MySQL queries white paper is a guideline with coding tips concerning the most fundamental SQL statements. The white paper covers the following sections:

  • SQL REPLACE: Tips to find and replace SQL texts easily and quickly.
  • SQL UPDATE with JOIN: Tips that allow you to execute SQL UPDATE with JOIN, including adding an OUTPUT clause to the UPDATE statement, using TRY ... CATCH to manage errors, and handling transactions with BEGIN TRANSACTION, COMMIT/ROLLBACK TRANSACTION.
  • SQL DELETE: Tips to delete records with JOIN, LIMIT, a subquery, or based on the conditions specified in the WHERE clause.
  • SQL INDEX examples: Index examples that may help you optimize your queries.

We hope this white paper will help programmers of all levels perform their MySQL tasks faster and easier.

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Best practices for writing MySQL queries

This guideline is a part of the Devart white paper series developed for users of the leading database management systems. The current material is meant for MySQL devotees, whether they prefer working with a specific MySQL GUI tool or tend to code manually.

The materials focus on cases that MySQL programmers face frequently. In particular, the white paper explores the usage of the most common SQL commands such as REPLACE, UPDATE, INSERT, and DELETE, as well as provides tips for creating and managing indexes in MySQL.



The MySQL REPLACE statement serves to replace one specific substring with another substring. The White Paper covers such cases as replacing all occurrences of the definite substring, using this command to remove texts, nesting and collation issues, and applying REPLACE with the UPDATE command.



The INSERT INTO SELECT command selects the data portion from a table and inserts it into another table. Also, it can fetch data from several tables at once. The White Paper will share methods of handling duplicates including the usage of the command with such clauses as DISTINCT, GROUP BY, IGNORE and PRIMARY KEY/UNIQUE INDEX, WHERE IN, and HAVING COUNT(*) > 1.

MySQL UPDATE with JOIN Queries

MySQL UPDATE with JOIN Queries

The MySQL UPDATE statement with the JOIN statement updates records in several tables at once. A separate section walks through the real-life scenarios and explains how to preview records before updating, how to use the START TRANSACTION command correctly, and how to handle errors.



The fundamental DELETE statement removes records from tables. The White Paper will explore such scenarios as using DELETE to remove all records as well as using the command with the WHERE clause, with JOINs, and with a subquery.

MySQL Index Examples

MySQL Index Examples

Indexes are popular means of accelerating database performance. The white paper presents 16 use cases for the different index types aimed to speed up SQL queries. Among them, we'll explore adding a clustered index within the CREATE TABLE statement, using ALTER TABLE...ADD CONSTRAINT, creating filtered indexes, spatial indexes, and multi-valued indexes. Further, the guide explains how to create, rename, and drop indexes immediately, and how to cope with some other index-related challenges.

How white paper helps to learn MySQL queries

The Best practices for writing MySQL queries white paper is created by developers for developers to help them with MySQL database challenges. The cases explored in the guide are common, but they often have many pitfalls. However, this selection of the best coding practices and tips will help all programmers cope with those pitfalls and improve the SQL query performance.

Each case is based on real-life examples and supported by comments. The code solutions are universal for any work environment. MySQL users can apply them when working with the numerous features of dbForge Studio for MySQL, especially its powerful coding assistants. Best practices for writing MySQL queries will make any jobs easier.

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