[Pharo-project] relational database and id field

Schwab,Wilhelm K bschwab at anest.ufl.edu
Thu Apr 7 14:25:28 CEST 2011

Expert?  Certainly not me :)  The question I will be waiting to see debated is whether you should "fabricate" an ID field (probably a counter), use ISBN or similar number, or use a compound key.  FWIW, I invariably regret any decision I make in these areas, because there are tradeoffs.  Relational databases are very good at what they do, which is storing tabular data and (most importantly) getting it back later; they are also a pain about it :(

From: pharo-project-bounces at lists.gforge.inria.fr [pharo-project-bounces at lists.gforge.inria.fr] On Behalf Of Alexandre Bergel [alexandre.bergel at me.com]
Sent: Thursday, April 07, 2011 9:19 AM
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Subject: [Pharo-project] relational database and id field


Since there are some experts in databases here, I ask a general question about it.
Assume that I have to use a relational database to store, let's stay instances of Stef's ComicBook class.
Should the class ComicBook have a field id to uniquely identify a book?

Alexandre Bergel  http://www.bergel.eu

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