Cinchy Platform Documentation
Cinchy v5.8

Versioning best practices

This page outlines some best practices for versioning.


This page details some best practices for version history in Cinchy. These recommendations are important because they can help:
  • Minimize your database bloat/size.
  • Make it easier to parse through version history when there aren't hundreds of redundant records.

Best practices

  • When doing any type of update statement, it's best to include an opposite “where” clause to avoid creating unnecessary history for unchanged values.
    • For example, if your update was set name to Marc, you would include a where name doesn't already equal Marc. Doing so prevents a redundant update in your version history.
SET [Name] = Marc
WHERE [Name] != Marc
  • When writing an update statement, run it more than once. If it results in an update each time, return to your query and troubleshoot.
    • This is relevant anywhere the statement can be run repeatedly, such as in APIs or Post Sync Scripts.
  • In data syncs, ensure that your data types are matched properly.
    • For example, if the source is text and the target is data, even if the values are the same, it will update and create unnecessary version history.
  • When performing a data sync, run it more than once. If it creates an update each time, return to your configuration and troubleshoot.