Re: Negative Numbers in "Identity" or" Autonumber" fields
Date: Wed, 21 Mar 2007 22:25:06 GMT
> On Mar 21, 6:26 am, "David Cressey" <cresse..._at_verizon.net> wrote:
>>However, the word "only" in your post means something like "less than" >>conveys no information. >>This is not the case for the numbers one takes for service at the deli >>counter. If they say "now serving 72" and my number is 73, that tells me >>something. Or am I misreading you.
> [There were four posts asking me what I meant; I'll reply to this
> The idea is a type for which the only operator defined is '='. If
> we have two values of this type, we can tell whether they are
> the same, and that's all we can tell. Further we have a way to
> acquire a value of this type that has not been used in the current
> system state before.
Maybe I'm taking the original post out of context, but I didn't understand why the question was asked one time, let alone four. A domain that doesn't include some identity operator would be pretty useless in practice - one wouldn't know whether one was looking at a set of tuples or a bag of tuples, one couldn't join relations, etc.
p Received on Wed Mar 21 2007 - 23:25:06 CET