6 months ago

Atomic Database Row Selection

Posted 6 months ago by mpwjames

I have a model say Apple.

Then I have about 150 simultaneous requests coming to my Laravel app endpoint say AssignAppleToBushel

In that request I select the oldest apple and assign it to the Bushel model's apple_id field.

The problem I'm having is due to the high number of requests some Bushels are grabbing the same Apple

How can I make sure that the one I grab will not be grabbed by anything else.

I've tried things like:

  • lockForUpdate (which i don't believe I'm using correctly)
  • Database transactions.
  • Randomizers to select the 50 oldest apples and randomly select one from there.

Whats the best solution for this case?


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