Generate unique ID for URL

Christian Heimes christian at
Wed Nov 14 02:05:57 CET 2012

Am 14.11.2012 01:50, schrieb Richard:
> These URL ID's would just be used internally for quick lookups, not exposed publicly in a web application.
> Ideally I would want to avoid collisions altogether. But if that means significant extra CPU time then 1 collision in 10 million hashes would be tolerable.

Are you storing the URLs in any kind of database like a SQL database? A
proper index on the data column will avoid full table scans. It will
give you almost O(1) complexity on lookups and O(n) worst case
complexity for collisions.

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