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what is difference between candidate key and primary key

Asked by: suresh.kalyadapu | Member Since May-2008 | Asked on: May 9th, 2008

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Answered On : Jun 2nd, 2008

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A candidate key is a unique identifier that could be used as a primary key, which when you choose the primary key, the rest will then just be data fields

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Answered On : Oct 17th, 2008

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Primary key is the unique key to identify a record and Candidate key is composed of one or more than one key to make it unique.

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Answered On : Dec 24th, 2008

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Any attribute that is uniquely identify a row in a table is candidate key for the table. We select one of the candidate key as Primary key. All candidate keys which are not chosen as "primary key" are Alternate keys. The key which uniquely identify the rows of the table and which is made up of more than one attribute is called Composite key. Generally a candidate key becomes the primary key of the table. If the table has more than one candidate key, one of them will become the primary key, and the rest are called alternate keys.

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