Hash of unique value = unique hash?

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Published on 2010-05-04T19:04:00Z Indexed on 2010/05/04 19:08 UTC
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Theoretically does hashing a unique value yield a unique value?

Let's say I have a DB table with 2 columns: id and code. id is an auto-incrementing int and code is a varchar. If I do ...

$code = sha1($id);

... and then store $code into the same row as $id. Will my code column be unique as well?

What about if I append the current time? eg:

$code = sha1($id . time());


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