VB.Net and Visual C# random not so random, adjustment to codebase
Published: Thursday, September 19, 2019 written by Andy Flagg
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Keywords: VB.Net, Visual C#, Random, Not So Random
we just used the process ID to help with the randomization by
adding to the random value found plus the process ID integer to get away
from the collisions we found in the random number generator.
our coding for a huge, and I mean huge internet based program function had a random generator function that did not end up being so random. if you have a multi-threaded, multi-processor, multi-connected application and utility working on a 100+ million record set and need random search and find and access results, do something like the following.
ProcID = Process.GetCurrentProcess().Id
Debug.Print("ProcID = " & ProcID.ToString)
ListStatus.Items.Add("ProcID = " & ProcID.ToString)
Static Generator As System.Random = New System.Random()
r = Generator.Next(1, maxDBrecords)
r = r + ProcID
we cut away some of the code for while and looping but you get the idea.
the maxDBrecords was 118 million + and growing, so you can imagine our dilemma with collisions.
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