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Re: Newbie question

From: Misha Dorman <misha_at_no_mishapen_spam.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 21 Jun 2005 21:02:47 +0100
Message-ID: <11bgseiseqng1ce@corp.supernews.com>


Paul wrote:
> Jon Heggland wrote:

>>Why is that? Just to avoid a lookup on the key value?

> I guess it's a practical consideration so that simple typos can be
> trapped by the client, to save hitting the database server. In some
> scenarios this could be useful.

Primarily it is required to prevent simple typos (or misread handwriting, or misheard phone calls) from picking up another (but wrong ) entity.

Think of a telephone mail order system -- if the card number is misheard we want a nice simple "computer says no" rather than the wrong credit card being debited.

Misha Received on Tue Jun 21 2005 - 15:02:47 CDT

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