Chuck,

mostly I'm with you, but in this case???
There is nothing more efficcient, than a database table, it's designed for millions of updates and from the programmers perspective the one table for all solutions beats them all. If you don't have a record for a new table, the getKey function just inserts it. We've used this for a massive parallel load process for a data warehouse and implemented a blocking mechanism (draw x keys for one) and it outperformed even the autoincrement keys of teh database. You've have to be precise with the locking of this table (best was: use commit repeatable read and start with the update and read afterwards), but once have it right and you will never have a look to it... I'm using (at the moment, maybe it will bereplaced with sockets further on) DataQs frequently with ArdGate, but for synchronous work, with need of persitence, there are better solutions...

D*B

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