checksum autogeneration

hi guys
I want to create a table Customer with 4 columns

Customer
Id Name Price Checksum


checksum value needs to be autopopulated when an insert occurs
and on update of that row the checksum should update aswell
does sql server provide any such feature?

I am using md5 checksum in my java front end , so that way i can check if the row already exists in the table.

thanks
royjaydAsked:
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Jim HornConnect With a Mentor Microsoft SQL Server Developer, Architect, and AuthorCommented:
Define for us in standard English terms what you mean by 'checksum', keeping in mind that what I know about md5 and Java can be written on the back of a matchbook cover, in large letters, with a grease pencil.
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royjaydAuthor Commented:
experts,
Can anyone please help with this. I want to know if checksum can be calculated and saved for each row

thanks
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royjaydAuthor Commented:
Thanks for responding..

By 'checksum' i mean a unique code for a row of data
So each row will have its own checksum or unique code.
I looked around and see that sql server has a checksum function so in my case for
above Customer table  it would be
CHECKSUM(Id,Name,Price);

how ever what i want to do is
when a new row is inserted into the Customer table create the CHECKSUM for it and insert it in the Checksum column
i tried something like

CREATE TABLE [ado].[CUSTOMER](
      [ID] [nvarchar](16) NULL,
      [Name] [nvarchar](100) NULL,
      [Price] [nvarchar](100) NULL,      
      [CheckSum] [nvarchar](100) DEFAULT CHECKSUM([ado].[CUSTOMER].ID,[CUSTOMER].Name,[CUSTOMER].Price)

but it doesnt seem to work.

Thanks
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PortletPaulConnect With a Mentor freelancerCommented:
you are attempting to avoid testing if a record does actually exist in the data persistence layer by using a calculation in the business logic layer

too many things could go wrong with this and I would not recommend it.

but hashbytes() will provide an MD5:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms174415.aspx

this can be coupled with "computed column" PERSISTED
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms191250(v=sql.105).aspx

also ...
>>  [Price] [nvarchar](100) NULL,      
numeric data in nvarchar is generally a bad idea - it causes a great deal of overhead in all queries when adding/summing/filtering etc.
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royjaydAuthor Commented:
the point of this excercise is i have two tables

TableA and TableB
with exact same number of columns but different data

TableA
col1 col2 col3  checksum

TableB
col1 col2 col3  checksum


Now TableA gets refreshed every 30 minutes with new data from a remote database table

The new data which arrived in TableA needs to be inserted in TableB.

So what i have in mind is if each row has its own checksum in both the tables,
compare the checksum for each row in TableA v/s TableB

The checksum(s) in TableA missing in TableB are the new rows, so add them to TableB


Do you think my approach is wrong ?

thanks
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PortletPaulfreelancerCommented:
What I had in my mind when expressing the opinion before didn't involve table synchronization.

Other experts here will be far more experienced than I am on this table synchronization need
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