• Why Are There Gaps in the Identity Column in My SQL Database?

    All too often there are questions asked about missing records that are identified by gaps in the identity column of a table. If a table, ordered by the identity column, shows “1, 2, 3, 5”, record 4 must have been deleted right? Well, although that is a possibility, it’s not a safe assumption as there are other causes of these “missing” IDs. Let’s start with a simple table, it only has 3 columns, the first of which being an…

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