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  • Custom ID

    I am sure we all have covered this before, but I can't seem to find a good answer.

    I have to make a solid "ID" for each customer. Since there will be a buyer and seller and going with a concoction with first,last and zipcode will not work (may have more than one bill johnson in the same city) has anyone came up with a near foolproof id process?

    Kevin G. Timberlake
    Marvel Illusions

  • #2
    Re: Custom ID

    By solid id I assume you mean unique. As such it should probably have no discoverable relation to the customer.

    This is usually handled by some implementation of auto increment.
    There can be only one.


    • #3
      Re: Custom ID

      Well I need it to be relational to the customer, and easy to remember for searching.
      Kevin G. Timberlake
      Marvel Illusions


      • #4
        Re: Custom ID

        No, you don't.

        For searching purposes you display a list of customer names. The user picks a name but the activity behind the scenes looks up the customer by id.

        Take a look at how it is done on the AlphaSports customer information form.
        There can be only one.


        • #5
          Re: Custom ID

          Virtually all my tables have a field id which is autoincremented and is used to uniquely identify a tables record. It's used internally for foreign key relations in other tables referencing a particular record in that table.

          However, I can see there are cases you would like to have a second unique key. F.i. If you have a multi organization application, you would have a customer table with an organization id and customer id. The combination uniquely references a customer within the organization. Within the organization I can imagine people would like to have a sequentially numbered id to keep track of consecutively created customers (of f.i. invoices) within that specific organization.

          I would then created a second id, for which you should keep track of the numbers yourself within each organizationF.i. with their specific format for a certain customer or invoice number. regards, Ron


          • #6
            Re: Custom ID

            I am probably trying to make a mountain out of a mole hill, I have intergrated portions of AlphaSports into my solution with lots of changes. I am trying to make it so if someone just types in the customer code, it will take from customers all their data and insert it in the proper fields on a seperate form to reduce typing.
            Kevin G. Timberlake
            Marvel Illusions


            • #7
              Re: Custom ID

              Then why you do not let your customers type in their own code (easy to remember) and test whether this code has been used already. If not, you let them try another code...

              I've seen this approach a lot. When you signup for an email account f.i, hotmail will let you use your own emailname. It checks after submit whether this emailadress exists.

              Maybe better an idea also is to use their emailadres as the unique reference within your application...

              But still use your customer id as an internal reference as indicated above. Then when they change their emailaddress your internal references still remain valid. regards, Ron
              Last edited by rleunis; 12-15-2008, 05:08 PM.


              • #8
                Re: Custom ID

                Good idea, that is the easiest way to do this. Thanks Ron.
                Kevin G. Timberlake
                Marvel Illusions