Indexes

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Indexes are lists of attributes for which a database index is created on the underlying database table of the entity. Indexes improve the speed of retrieving objects if the indexed attributes are used in a search field or XPath constraint of a data grid or template grid, or in a WHERE clause of an OQL query. However, search fields of which the Comparison property has value ‘Contains’ do not take advantage of the improved performance.

Indexes are ordered. This means that when creating an index on two or more attributes, it is important to consider the order of the attributes. When performing a search or query on multiple attributes, these attributes should be in the same order as those in the index to take advantage of the improved performance. By extension, when the retrieval is constrained by only one attribute, the improved performance is only achieved if this is the first attribute in the index.