Generate a unique _id for a bill to use when saving to couchdb
When bills are saved into the couchdb database, they need an _id to uniquely identify themselves. It is possible to let couchdb generate the _id value. However using couchdb-generated _id values means that we need to perform existance checks client-side before saving a bill to ensure uniqueness
There should only every be a single record for a given bill in the database. Couchdb internally requires that each document have a unique _id value. If the _id for a bill is generated manually we can ensure each bill only gets saved once.
Each bill can be uniquely identified using the following fields.
To generate the _id this module concatenates these values and calculates the sha1 hash value of the concatenated string. The sha1 hash is then used as the _id value
var generateBillID =var generateData =supplierCode: 'NGE'accountNumber: 'fooAccountNumber'billDate: '2011-01-19 00:00:00 +00:00'billNumber: 'barBillNumber'
index.js for a implementation details
To run the tests execute in the shell
# install development dependenciesnpm install# run testsnpm test