A set of zero, one or more attributes, the value(s) of which are guaranteed to be unique for each tuple (row) in a relation.

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Best type to use in a composite key when one of the values varies in type

I am building a data store for the content of multiple blog sites which have been scraped. Each of these sites is going to have an entry in a Blog table BlogId Url ...
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What are the performance considerations between using a broad PK vs a separate synthetic key and UQ?

I have several tables where records can be uniquely identified with several broad business fields. In the past, I've used these fields as a PK, with these benefits in mind: Simplicity; there are no ...
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Duplicate UNIQUE KEY error after ROLLBACK in MySQL

I have a table like this mysql> describe seudonimos; +--------------+------------------+------+-----+---------+----------------+ | Field | Type | Null | Key | Default | Extra ...
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Does making a field unique make it indexed?

If I make a unique constraint on a field, do I also need to make an index on that field in order to get a scalable insert time? Or is this done for me (even if the index it uses isn't publicly ...
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When should I use a unique constraint instead of a unique index?

When I want a column to have distinct values, I can either use a constraint create table t1( id int primary key, code varchar(10) unique NULL ); go or I can use a unique index create table t2( id ...