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Hommer
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Posted - 09/28/2012 :  11:20:22  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi,

Microsoft System Center has this database ServiceManager, and some of its tables using this long GUID type column naming style.

It's like:
MyCol_4585480A9_857D_3A77_9B58473DJXX0698

My team had a little discussion on why it is this way and what is the implication.

I could like to hear what you experts have to say about this.

Thanks!

robvolk
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Posted - 09/28/2012 :  11:46:40  Show Profile  Visit robvolk's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Microsoft product teams don't do a very good job of designing databases that use SQL Server. Biztalk, Sharepoint, SCOM, Project Server all have "features" such as this. I'm comfortable saying that Adventureworks is the ONLY Microsoft database whose schema you should explore...the rest are like gazing onto Medusa. Except worse.
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Hommer
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Posted - 09/28/2012 :  11:59:48  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you for the reply. I hope that is all to it.

But just for fun, here are some thoughts my group members contributed:

1) to make them unique so they are hard to tamper with,

2) the script were generated by machine, and are not intended for people to interact with,

and,

3) "big brother theory" so MS knows who have messed up with their products.

Edited by - Hommer on 09/28/2012 12:00:52
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