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What are cons and pros for using IDENTITY property as PK in SQL SERVER 2000?

Hi All!

We are doing new development for SQL Server 2000 and also moving from
SQL 7.0 to SQL Server 2000.

What are cons and pros for using IDENTITY property as PK in SQL SERVER
Please, share your experience in using IDENTITY as PK .
Does SCOPE_IDENTITY makes life easier in SQL 2000?

Is there issues with DENTITY property when moving DB from one server
to another? (the same version of SQL Server)

Thank you in advance,
Jul 20 '05
112 10383
We have a couple of developers who made a database where every table
has an artificial key, and then they reload a number of the tables
every night and the keys change. I am not making this up.

On Tue, 02 Dec 2003 23:19:10 GMT, "Greg D. Moore \(Strider\)"
<mo*****@greenm s.com> wrote:

"BenignVanilla " <bv@tibetanbeef garden.com> wrote in message
news:O5******* *************@g iganews.com...

I am by no means a SQL expert, so forgive me if this seems ignorant...But
why can't the ID columm be a natural key? For example, I am working on a
project that has a vendors table. The list of vendors is used in
relationship to several other tables. We build this table with an identity
column, and a column with the vendor's name. Now when a vendor is added to
the table, they are assigned a unique ID that ties all other related data
back to this vendor, and in the case of a vendor changing their name, or a
typo, we can make updates without affecting data. Seems like a perfect use
for an identity field, and it is our primary key.

And what happens if someone does a DBCC checkident ('FOO', RESEED)?

Or you have to copy it into a new table and accidently set that table up
with an IDENTITY column and now all your rows get new IDs?

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Jul 20 '05 #111
Come off it, Bob. Joe Celko and Ralph Kimball are hardly ignorant
about database design, and they both prefer natural keys.

On Thu, 4 Dec 2003 09:03:40 -0500, "Bob Badour" <bb*****@golden .net>

"BenignVanilla " <bv@tibetanbeef garden.com> wrote in message
news:a7******* *************@g iganews.com...

"Aaron Bertrand - MVP" <aa***@TRASHasp faq.com> wrote in message
news:#f******** ******@TK2MSFTN GP11.phx.gbl...
> > Then I can only conclude you lack the ability to comprehend relatively
> > simple written english.
> Geez, why are you so hateful and insulting? I have absolutely nointerest > in following a conversation where every second post has a useless barb

> hominen attack.
> Die, thread, die.

I concur, aside from Mr. Badour's immature, and hateful pokes, this thread
has been great. Hopefully he'll go away, or someone will mention hitler so
we can consider this thread dead.

I don't hate anyone. I provide truly helpful information to those who
actually want to learn. Making accurate observations regarding the apparent
source of the ignorami's sophistry helps those who might otherwise be duped.

In this particular case, the sophistry was little more than a
deconstruction ist denial of meaning (without the actual deconstruction of
course). The man who posted it is nothing more than a self-important, puffed
up, vociferous ignoramus, and it is a service to the world to point out this
fact. Any rational, thinking person should find his post an insult to their
intelligence .

Mr. Vanilla, what was so great about this thread? Did you find it
informative? Did you find comfort in the repetition of your own
misconceptions ? What was great?

Jul 20 '05 #112
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> "Bob Badour" <bbadour@golden .net> wrote in message
>A VIN is not a car. It is a surrogate invented by the automobile industry
>and assigned by the manufacturer.

It is a surrogate for a car. It would not be a surrogate key for a car table. It is not a surrogate key because vin would be an attribute in the table and it is logically connected to other data in the table, e.g., make, model, etc.

You are confusing surrogate with surrogate key, when they do not really mean the same thing. Further, you are confusing the object that is being replaced. A surrogate key is a substitute for the other data in the record. The entire record is a substitute for a car.

Surrogate key may be a poorly chosen term, but it is what it is, and that has nothing to do with the discussion.

Natural keys are neither surrogate keys or a subset of surrgate keys.
Jul 22 '06 #113

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