This blog descibes how you can convert a string like "Alex" to a Guid with value: 1fe62611-cd3f-46e3-1e09-0ccb19e446e7. The same string always results in the same guid.
In an earlier post I compared the performance of Int (with autonumber) and a (Sequential) guid in SQL server. I posted an implementation of a C# SequentialGuid that created Guid's that were sequential, but they where still regular Guids. Once you had a Guid, it was just a regular Guid with the last 6 bytes ordered. The new version is a wrapper around the Guid with some cool extra stuff.
Recently i had to choose a type for an Id in a SQL server Database. We are using Entity framework to access the database. I had to choose between Guid an Int. I seems to me that Guid must be a slow solution but in a real world scenario, this was not true (see results later in this blog). First an (optional) small introduction about some terms used here. Then the testresult , folowwing by the C# implementation of a third option, called Sequential Guid.