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    • cjke7777

    • December 21, 2016 at 10:16 pm

    I recently had the need for a UUID v4 field, so I have put together a small addon to handle that. I’ve marked it as v0.0.1 as I will refine it based on a) how it ends up getting used in my application/s (I will most likely hit certain improvements/bugs that could be added/fixed) and b) feedback here.

    I’m putting it up at quite a preliminary stage to gauge interest in a much smaller setting. The ACF community is smaller than say PHP in general.

    If you have feedback do let me know.

    It is a simple field wrapper for the fantastic UUID library ramsey/uuid, found here: https://github.com/ramsey/uuid

    I have only tested it with php7 and ACFPro.

    https://github.com/cjke/acf-uuid

    Background:

    My use case was the need for the (near) guaranteed uniqueness that UUID provides while transporting ACF data between WP environments. Relying on auto-incrementing wasn’t ideal as the current auto-increment value might vary from environment to environment. With a UUID, I can assign a UUID value directly to a post (or custom post type) in any environment, and when migrated to another it maintains that UUID. Unfortunately (but understandably) the UUID is stored in postmeta.meta_value, so even though UUID is (kind of) used as a unique identifier, it won’t reap the benefits of indexing.

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