[Solved] Alternative to a self join containing max() and GROUP BY to improve performance

How to optimize this SQL query?

In case you have your own slow SQL query, you can optimize it automatically here.

For the query above, the following recommendations will be helpful as part of the SQL tuning process.
You'll find 3 sections below:

  1. Description of the steps you can take to speed up the query.
  2. The optimal indexes for this query, which you can copy and create in your database.
  3. An automatically re-written query you can copy and execute in your database.
The optimization process and recommendations:
  1. Avoid Subqueries (query line: 8): We advise against using subqueries as they are not optimized well by the optimizer. Therefore, it's recommended to join a newly created temporary table that holds the data, which also includes the relevant search index.
  2. Create Optimal Indexes (modified query below): The recommended indexes are an integral part of this optimization effort and should be created before testing the execution duration of the optimized query.
  3. Explicitly ORDER BY After GROUP BY (modified query below): By default, the database sorts all 'GROUP BY col1, col2, ...' queries as if you specified 'ORDER BY col1, col2, ...' in the query as well. If a query includes a GROUP BY clause but you want to avoid the overhead of sorting the result, you can suppress sorting by specifying 'ORDER BY NULL'.
Optimal indexes for this query:
ALTER TABLE `ftp_action_handling` ADD INDEX `ftp_handling_idx_action_id_sortorder` (`action_id`,`sortorder`);
The optimized query:
        fpt_action_handling fa 
                max(ftp_action_handling.sortorder) max_sortorder 
            GROUP BY
            ORDER BY
        ) ma 
            ON fa.action_id = ma.action_id 
            AND fa.sortorder = ma.max_sortorder

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