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Mastering DynamoDB by Tanmay Deshpande

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Local secondary indexes best practices

We have seen what local secondary indexes mean in Chapter 2, Data Models. Just to revise, they are secondary indexes that you can define on certain attributes, and which can be used as another range key along with your table hash key. As we have seen, since DynamoDB needs to maintain a complete separate index for these indexes, we have to allocate more resources to it, which makes it a costly affair. So, it is very important to decide on the attribute on which you wish to define the secondary index. It is recommended that the attribute you are not going to query much should not be defined as local secondary index. Indexing should be done for the tables that do not get heavy writes as maintaining those indexes ...

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