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Group based identity

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I'm working with an application that adds a new row to the database, based on the last row meeting a certain criteria.

Here is an over-simplified visualization:


Using the visualization above, a web page loads up the highest B value, which is 2.

Then, after some time, it wants to insert B3, the next record in the series.

However, it has to check to make sure that someone else didn't do the same thing.

In actuality, each row corresponds to a place that a piece of equipment visited in a factory.

The page (not easy to rewrite), currently moves the equipment to the next step.

Is there a standard pattern for dealing with this type of problem, or do I simply need to lock the table?

This question combines two other frequently asked questions:

  1. How do I make group-based identity (i. e. keep several identity series identified by the value of a certain column)
  2. How do I ensure there will be no identity gaps?

While there are numerious solutions that involve some kind of selecting MAX(column) and updating the row inside a transaction, there is a more simple way using linked lists.

We need to create the table as following:
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Written by Quassnoi

June 15th, 2009 at 11:00 pm

Posted in SQL Server