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Re: (tye)Re: SSN's possible new Y2K problem?

by ichimunki (Priest)
on Aug 14, 2002 at 16:42 UTC ( #190152=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to (tye)Re: SSN's possible new Y2K problem?
in thread SSN's possible new Y2K problem?

I want to chirp up and agree with tye, but add that it might be a good idea to have an ID type column as well, with values like "SSN", "TIN", "Dummy", etc-- that way if you ever need to you can key on the combination of the two fields, rather than the single ID number (since they recycle SSN you might have cause to label one "Expired SSN"). Also, I wouldn't worry too much about the length, because a good database should make it possible to enlarge the field size without changing any existing data.
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[GotToBTru]: late to the conversation .. but thanks, Corion, for the reminder about Perl::Tidy
[Corion]: GotToBTru: Heh ;) I'm not really endorsing it, as I found that any gains made through it are easily squandered by the hours spent on configuring it. At least in my case :)
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