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  1. #1
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    Nov 2005

    Unanswered: creating a unique id for each record

    can anybody help ??

    what I need to do is to create a unique record id for each record. I realise that using autonumber should be avoided ... does anybody know of some vba code I could use to do the following

    read a table called customer id, which contains the last id used into a variable which I can increase by 1 if the user chooses to save the record.

    I want to then store the lastid on the record cocerned and then update the customerid table.

    0any help with this would be appreciated.

  2. #2
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    Jun 2003
    In my sample database I put this in frmInv's InvNum control's DefaultValue property so that when one starts a new record it automatically sets the invoice number to be one higher than the previous high:

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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
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    Provided Answers: 1
    oh yeah... documentation... I have heard of that.

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  4. #4
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    Nov 2005
    had a quick look....
    its basically what I had in mind...
    do you know of some sample code which shows me how to

    open lastid_table in current database

    readvalue from lastid_table

    increase lastid_table + 1

    write away to lastid_table , [lastid] field

    sorry for the pseduo !!

  5. #5
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    Nov 2004
    out on a limb
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    Quote Originally Posted by sprescott
    ......I realise that using autonumber should be avoided ...
    Maybe I'm missing something, but I don't agree with this

    Agree some application requirements may require a sequential value or some other formatting of a number (such as order number/ GRN etc) but in most cases an autonumber should be avoided?

    I would suggest that there is a rare requirement to create a different means of getting a system generated number, but there are very few and far between (possibly once or twice in an app, in one or two apps).

    Surely the whole point of the system generated number is to simply create a method of identifying uniques rows in a table, and it should have no intrinsic meaning.

    Effectively the link points to a special case where you are trying to create a uniques key which has a specific meaning.

    Personally I would contend that these special cases should be avoided - and usually can be. Providign you can demonstarte (prove) what happened tothe missing numbers than most accountants / auditors are quite happy - often this means notallowing deletions, but include some form of flag that indictaes if the row is valid.

  6. #6
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    Jun 2005
    Quote Originally Posted by Teddy
    I'd like to see a sample of this done, do you have any sources Ted. I understand things better when I see them and see how they work.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    ADO Sample:

    I use this ...
    Function GetNextInvControlID() As Long
        On Error GoTo Err_GNICID
        Dim NextInvControlID As Long
        Dim TrgRecSet As ADODB.Recordset
        Set TrgRecSet = New ADODB.Recordset
        TrgRecSet.CursorType = adOpenDynamic
        TrgRecSet.LockType = adLockOptimistic
        TrgRecSet.CursorLocation = adUseClient
        NextInvControlID = -1
        SQLString = "SELECT [Next InvControlID] FROM BillingSettings;"
        TrgRecSet.Open SQLString, MyConnect
        If TrgRecSet.BOF = False Then
            NextInvControlID = TrgRecSet.Fields(0).Value
            TrgRecSet.Fields(0).Value = NextInvControlID + 1
        End If
        Set TrgRecSet = Nothing
        GetNextInvControlID = NextInvControlID
        Exit Function
        MsgBox Err.Number & ": " & Err.Description
        GetNextInvControlID = 0
        Resume Exit_GNICID
    End Function
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