MySQL performance question

I am changing a thirdy party application from Paradox to MySQL using Zeos Components.
There are various TTable components and original application uses FindKey and FindNearest Dataset methods.
What If I change TTable to TZQuery component and FindKey/FindNearest to Locate?
Is Locate method equivalent to a SELECT with WHERE clause adapted to seach criteria indicated in loPartialKey?
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Geert GOracle dbaCommented:
good for you !!!
FindKey/FindNearest is the slowest possible way of locating a record

Locate is not equivalent to Select/Where if you consider network traffic

Lets say you want 1 record out of 2 million records from 1 table:
with Locate:
Open table -> copy 2 million records from database to pc -> find record in memory
Depends on Memory, NetWork traffic

with Select/Where
Open query -> Database returns 1 record
(Depends on index for faster finding of records)

My guess to your speed gain will be x100 :)
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jclobocarAuthor Commented:
So, I have to rewrite all the code for selection using queries, correct?
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Geert GOracle dbaCommented:
basically that would be the best idea

it's probably a poorly performing application anyway ?
(unless it's only running over max 500 records)
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Geert GOracle dbaCommented:
you should try and avoid loading the whole table into memory and then using a locate to find 1 record

better would be to have a query with only loading the specific record using "select * from table where id = :id"

also try and use bind variables
and don't create your queries like "select * from table where id = 2"

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