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Secure your database with Zoho Creator Record IDs

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In the lineup of database management systems like MS Access, MySQL, and Postgres, Zoho Creator is an eleven-year old product with over 5 million satisfied users.

Zoho Creator offers a primary drag-and-drop interface to build the front end of a database, and an in-built programming language called Deluge as a secondary interface to strengthen functionality.

A Record ID in Zoho Creator performs the same functions as a primary key in a traditional DBMS. See the presentation to learn more.

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Secure your database with Zoho Creator Record IDs

  1. 1. Secure your database with Zoho Creator Record IDs
  2. 2. What is Zoho Creator? - In the lineup of database management systems like MS Access, MySQL, and Postgres, Zoho Creator is an eleven-year old product with over 5 million satisfied users. - Zoho Creator offers a primary drag-and-drop interface to build the front end of a database, and an in-built programming language called Deluge as a secondary interface to strengthen functionality.
  3. 3. Designing a database - A database is made up of tables that gather data and push them to a server.  - The first step in structuring such a database is to define a primary key.
  4. 4. Primary keys - A primary key is a unique numeral that identifies each piece of data (row) in the database.  - Defining the primary key helps you build relationships between the many data tables within a database.
  5. 5. In Zoho Creator... - The Record ID in Zoho Creator is just as vital as the primary key in a standard database management system (DBMS). - When developing a Zoho Creator app, you can start building the interface of your tables—forms—right away.  - Every time an entry is added, Creator generates and associates a unique numeral for it. - This is called the Record ID. It becomes the point of reference for data relationships in Zoho Creator.
  6. 6. How is a Record ID different from a primary key? - Not exactly. A Record ID in Zoho Creator isn't the same as a primary key in an SQL database. Or in MS Access. Or in any other system. - Your Zoho Creator database performs back-end operations based on a record's ID. Although a Record ID behaves similarly to the primary key, it does much more. - Example: When you build relationships between two data tables in a database, you use a foreign key to look up to the data in both tables. In Zoho Creator, the Record ID serves as the foreign key as well.
  7. 7. The problem with foreign keys - A single table carries many foreign keys. Too many primary keys slow down data manipulation. - Also, during manual or bulk uploads, multiple (user-defined) foreign keys can compromise data.  - To avoid these problems, users need to periodically check the database structure, making alterations as necessary.
  8. 8. This is where Zoho Creator's Record ID becomes relevant.  - Creator uses the Record ID as foreign keys for each data connection. - This machine-readable numeral is error-free, and therefore ensures your database and your data are authentic.
  9. 9. How does Zoho Creator generate a Record ID? - Zoho Creator uses a random algorithm to generate the identification number.  - No two records in Zoho Creator have had the same ID.  - The ID of each record is hidden by default. Developers can enable it under the settings panel of reports (or views). When enabled, the ID will be displayed on each record. 
  10. 10. Zoho Creator simplifies data manipulation by abstracting database maintenance. The auto-generated ID is one such measure. Our developers and our cloud do the heavy lifting so that you can create and deploy solutions quickly.
  11. 11. zoho.com/creator sales@zohocorp.com

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