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From Paul Davis <>
Subject Re: Referential Integrity with Unique IDs
Date Tue, 25 Aug 2009 14:39:46 GMT
The only way to make absolutely certaint that something is unique is
to include it in the document id in some fashion.

I generally solve this with sha1's for docids and then reference those
ids from the doc. Depending on the size of your unique value, it may
be beneficial to include a copy inline.

Paul Davis

On Tue, Aug 25, 2009 at 10:21 AM, Jan Vincent
Liwanag<> wrote:
> Hi guys,
> For some document type, I have some property 'x' which I'd like to be unique
> across all records. However, the value for this property may change.
> The way I see it is that I have two options. If I derive the id from this
> property 'x', then I am assured of its uniqueness. However, I cannot easily
> change the value for property 'x', as the value of the id depends on it.
> Moreover, I may have to update all records which refers to it.
> If I use a uuid however, referential integrity is retained. However, I'm not
> sure if CouchDB alone can make sure that the value for that property is
> unique.
> Any thoughts on this?
> Thanks,
> JV Liwanag

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