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How can I know the last ID generated in a Jet Table with AutoNumber field type key after INSERT from VB a new record?
Thank you, sbelean.
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by:AzraSound
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doesnt it increment in number?  you could query the field
select max(autonumberfield) from tablename
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
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IN ADODB+Tables:
YourTable.AddNew
YourTable.Update
ID = YourTable.Field(ID).Value

With ADODB+SQL:
Connection.BeginTrans
Connection.Execute (INSERT...)
ID = Connection.Execute (SELECT (MAX(ID) FROM ... ).Fields(0).Value
Connection.CommitTrans

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by:sbelean
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AzraSound and angelIII, both of you answered me, but if New Value for AutoNumber field is Random how can I know the last ID generated? The first who will answer to this will receive the points if you agree that is fair enough . Thank you, sbelean  
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by:wsh2
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sbelean.. AutoNumber by definition..is a sequentially numbered field.. ie.. 1.. 2.. 3.. 4.. 5.. etc.

The only hope you would have in retrieving the random number would be..

Select LAST(MyRandomNumber) From MyTable

then you will get the last record.
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
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wsh2: in access, you can have Autonumber which are generated randomly, so Max() won't work.

sbelean:
If you want to know the ID generated in every case, then you need to use the schema i mentioned already:
YourTable.AddNew
yourTable.Fields("ColumnName").value = FirstValue
YourTable.Update
ID = YourTable.Field(ID).Value
because with this method, the field value will be set after .Update()
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AngelIII:
Thank YOU for the random tip.. <smile>.

Yes, I agree with your comment as long as the program is still currently connected to the db, your solution clearly will work. However, if the program has lost its place (ie. through program termination).. and the db has NOT been rearranged, compacted, suffered high fragmentation or had others posting to it.. then "Maybe" <lol> the LAST record SQL statement will work.

The other choice the writer has, is to create a separate Table in the db to Log the Numbers as they are assigned. Its more overhead.. but if Number assignation retrieval is what he/she requires.. this would certainly work.
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by:sbelean
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Sorry for late, thank you all,sbelean
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