simple dbexpress query question.

I'm currently teaching myself Kylix/Delphi, and am trying to do some stuff with a MySQL DB.  I am able to use the SQLQuery component to do inserts and updates so far, but something I need to do right now is get some information from a select statement.  Actually a very simple one:  "SELECT (count(id)+1) FROM messages"

creating the component with the SQL is simple, I am unsure how to retrieve the results though, I want it back as a simple string.
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Could you explain your question a little bit better by an example?
  I: Integer;
  S: string;
  if Query.Active then
  Query.SQL.Text := 'SELECT (count(id)+1) COUNT_ID FROM messages';
// result is:
  I := Query.FieldByName('COUNT_ID').AsInteger;
// or result is:
  S := Query.FieldByName('COUNT_ID').AsString;

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BlixemAuthor Commented:
Exactly what I was looking for, thanks both of ya!
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