Unique ID

There are times when you need some sort of unique identifier for some reason, and it can be hard to find a system that will have a very low collision risk. After working on the problem for a while, I could find some ways to generate unique identifier.

  1. Use UNIX timestamp in milliseconds
  2. Use DateTime.Now.ToBinary() in C#
  3. Use a database which keeps track of used identifiers
  4. Or create a complicated algorithm

According to my analysis, the best and least CPU cycle eating method is to use time, either UNIX timestamp or DateTime in C#. So far a time machine has not been invented so it is hard to create a duplicate timestamp, and a millisecond is little time, it is hard to create a collision.

It looks like, at least PHP, Java and C# has libraries for unique id generation.




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