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Data types for data structure use

There are two data types that can be used in tables only:



Timestamp is an eight byte integer, for version control of table data. Each table can have one timestamp only. The value of a timestamp is changed by SQL Server for every changed row. In each database the values of timestamp columns are unique.


Uniqueidentifier is a 16 byte binary data that is generated by SQL Server based on the MAC address and the system time. It is used to ensure that primary keys have unique values for any computer in the world. In a network with many computers inserting data this is a mechanism that avoids errors when trying to insert a row with a primary key that already exists.

The above book excerpt is from:

Super SQL Server Systems
Turbocharge Database Performance with C++ External Procedures

ISBN: 0-9761573-2-2
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