Reference fields

When designing the data structure for a hotel, you want to know which room a guest has checked in to. It won't be good for business if we don't know who is sleeping where! This is exactly what a reference field does: it creates a link between two records, one pointing to another.

When we examined the URLs earlier, we saw they contained two parts: the table and the sys_id value of the record. These are the two items needed to reference a record. So when you create a reference field, you need to select which table it should point to, which is stored in the dictionary. And the contents of the field will be a 32-character string. Sound familiar? Yep, you will be storing a sys_id in that field.

Reference fields are one of the most important ...

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