I blogged about using incremental ids with mongodb previously, so have a read of that for more information.
Although it’s not ideal, we can use sequential / incremental IDs with MongoDB.
Sometimes (when migrating legacy systems for example) we just can’t get away from using ints for id’s.
While working on implementing MongoDB with N2CMS recently, I came across this very problem.
All IDs are integers, and this can’t be changed
(technically, it could… but I don’t think it’s appropriate… yet)
So, we needed to find a way of generating incremental IDs
Fortunately, the MongoDB driver for .net allows us to write and use our own IdGenerators
So, with that in mind, I’ve created this:
It works on the principal outlined in my previous blog post:
Have a collection that keeps track of collection names, and increment their sequence each time one is inserted
This works well, on single server setups.
I have not yet tested on other setups, but intend to soon.