What Is A GUID And Do You Need One?
When you’re writing software you’re most often working with data. Sticking data on the screen in a way that benefits the user.
Mostly, data is made up of records. There are six people in my family. So if “Family” is the TABLE, then it has six RECORDS.
One of the most important elements of creating and manipulating data is the Unique Identifier. More simply, you want every record in the table to have a Unique ID field.
Keep going. This post isn’t really about programming. At least, not software programming :)
A Unique ID field says:
“I am unique. There is no other record in this table like me.”
Going further, if you have a bunch of tables within the software, it’s sometimes good to add a Globally Unique Identifier. This is a field that has a value which is unique across the ENTIRE DATABASE.
“I am unique. There is no other record in the entire program like me.”
Uniqueness is a concept that is found in everything. We make standards and rules so that experiments and environments will remain “the same” to a given degree, but in reality, every single thing is unique. Whether that is an experiment in first year Chem, or running the same five miles day in and out, every single experience you have will be unique for yourself and compared to others.
However, as pointed out, we round out our experiences. It’s a good thing to have similar experiences.
I went through a hard time at school. Does that make me unique?
Of course not. My GUID is definitely not the “hard time at school” field.
I did have an experience at school that noone else has ever had, or will ever had. And this is the same for every other person who’s been to school. Ever. In the entire history of the human race. And maybe the Martians too, if they have school.
If the Parent is not unique (I had a hard time at school), then is it relevant to go deeper until we do have uniqueness? Of the fifth of March in that year I stepped out of this door and tripped on that rock and cut myself here. Sure, that’s unique, but does it make me unique?
Are we unique at birth? If so, then Experience is moo(t). And also, out of our control (you could argue that we have some control over our experiences).
For the purposes of this discussion, we’re going to say that, YES, we are unique from birth. There is something about our makeup, about us, that is globally (or universe-ally) unique.
Do you care about your GUID?
Some people are quite secure in their uniqueness within a small sphere. It could be a Family circle. Immediate. Perhaps further out into the depths of Extended Family.
Others find that they are comfortably unique within the sphere of their close Friends. This is enough.
There are people who are driven to be recognisably unique on a larger scale. Perhaps it’s becoming President or Prime Minister.
And we’ve switched from what IS (born unique) to what is WANTED (being unique).
Everyone (past and present) has a GUID. From birth, we are unique amongst creation. Both as a segment, a race, of that creation, and as individuals.
Should you care about having a GUID?
I guess it’s a matter of scale.
Your GUID only matters within the sphere of what, or who, you care about.
Circle of friends. Family. Adoring fans. World of Warcraft Guild Buddies.
What’s the point of caring about your uniqueness in all of creation?
For me, the answer to that question is easy. My friends and family, my legions of adoring fans (oh, now i made myself cry a little on the inside), they can’t help me out with that little bump at the end of life.
I want to have a personal, a unique relationship, with whoever is going to help me out.
God is the biggest of scale. He gives the GUID a proper sphere of understanding. And He offers a relationship with each individual GUID, through Christ.
Get yourself a unique relationship with the Developer of Creation.