Markus Bertheau â wrote:
oocms=# explain analyze select count(1) from objects where class = 'Picture';
                                                   QUERY PLAN
 Aggregate  (cost=278.16..278.16 rows=1 width=0) (actual time=44.121..44.123 
rows=1 loops=1)
   ->  Seq Scan on objects  (cost=0.00..267.65 rows=4205 width=0) (actual 
time=0.030..33.325 rows=4308 loops=1)
         Filter: ("class" = 'Picture'::text)
 Total runtime: 44.211 ms

oocms=# explain analyze select class_get_number_of_objects('Picture');
                                      QUERY PLAN
 Result  (cost=0.00..0.01 rows=1 width=0) (actual time=27.019..27.022 rows=1 
 Total runtime: 27.062 ms

Well, you're saving planning time with the plpgsql version, but that's not going to come to 17ms (you'd hope). The EXPLAIN will take up time itself, and it can look deeper into the SQL version. Try timing two scripts with 100 of each and see if they really differ by that much.
Richard Huxton
Archonet Ltd

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