Introduction One of my blog readers bumped into the assigned generator with a sequence or an identity column post and wondered if it was possible to generate String-based identifiers instead. I accepted the challenge and answered his question on StackOverflow. However, this post is going to explain this topic in greater detail, so there we go.
Introduction The entity identifier can either be manually assigned, or it can be automatically generated by an identity column or a database sequence. In this post, I’ll show you how you can mix the assigned generator with an identity column or a database sequence.
Introduction In my previous post I talked about UUID surrogate keys and the use cases when there are more appropriate than the more common auto-incrementing identifiers. A UUID database type There are several ways to represent a 128-bit UUID, and whenever in doubt I like to resort to Stack Exchange for an expert advice. Because table identifiers are usually indexed, the more compact the database type the less space will the index require. From the most efficient to the least, here are our options: Some databases (PostgreSQL, SQL Server) offer a dedicated… Read More