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I have set a default value for a field in a table and when inserting new rows in vb with ado the default values never get populated?

When adding rows through the ent. manager the default values get populated.

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geo90
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by:Benjy
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How are you adding new rows in ado? are you inserting values while adding the rows?
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by:TimCottee
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How do you insert the new records? If you use an insert statement, make sure that you do not specify the fields for which you need to use the defaults.

adoConnection.Execute "Insert Into MyTable Fields(MyField1,MyField2) Values ('hello','goodbye')"

If you have additional fields with defaults then these should be populated.
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by:Richie_Simonetti
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Regarding Tim's comment: If i am not wrong, using addnew method doesn't populates default values.
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by:geo90
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I'm using ado with the addnew method.
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by:Richie_Simonetti
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Then, use Tim's code.
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by:geo90
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Well creating sql strings is a messy deal when creating them dynamically.  It seems that the database would take care of the default values, not the method that adds the row. Hmmmmmm
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geo90, it would and does, however you have to understand what is actually happening when you use .addnew etc; VB builds an implicit SQL statement from the fields collection which uses all of the fields in the collection and the default value of the datatype for each field (not the default for the field itself).

So if you had three fields but only set values for two of them:

Field            Field1 Field2 Field3
Default          'AA'   'BB'   'CC'
Datatype Default ''     ''     ''

With adoRecordset
  .AddNew
  .Fields("Field1") = "Hello"
  .Fields("Field2") = "Goodbye"
  .Update
End With

The statement that would be built behind the scenes is:

Insert Into MyTable (Field1,Field2,Field3) Values('Hello','Goodbye','')

Which is the default value for the string datatype.
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by:geo90
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Well that didn't help much...
I knew it wasn't working :>)
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by:TimCottee
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'C' geo90, don't shoot the messenger. We cannot change the behaviour of some things whether we like it or not.
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geo90

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