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Hi i have managed to generate a three digit number randomly and populate it to a textbox. My application connects  to a DB and populates a listview according to whats in the database. What i need to do now is to make sure that the randomly generated number doesnt already exist in the database. So basically i have text fields that let users enter clientID, firstname, lastname etc, from text boxes and upon pressing the save button, saves it to the database. So when  i press the add button, my ClientID text field populates with a randomly generated 3 digit number, i just need to make sure it doesnt generate a number or client ID, already in the database....
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Question by:intox1221
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by:Dabas
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Hi intox1221:
Sounds like an easy one to me.
To be able to answer, though, you should give more information about your database:
MSAccess? SQL?
Is the clientID field indexed? Is it the PrimaryKey?

Dabas
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by:intox1221
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it is the primary key. It is indexed to yes (no duplicates).

These r my connection details. this is the top level class variable in the form.
Dim cstrConnection As String = "PROVIDER=Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0;Data Source=" _
        & System.AppDomain.CurrentDomain.BaseDirectory() & "MailingList.mdb"

I have  Dbtier class set up which handles all the connections. A part of the code is as follows.

    Public Shared Function ReturnData(ByVal pstrConnection As String, ByVal pstrSQL As String) As DataSet
        '********************************************
        ' This procedure returns a dataset containing
        ' all records from the passed-in query. The
        ' connection string is needed to connect to
        ' the database.
        '********************************************

        'declare the DB connection, data adapter, and data set objects
   
        Dim conConnection As OleDbConnection
        Dim daAdapter As OleDbDataAdapter
        Dim dsData As DataSet

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            'open the connection
            conConnection = New OleDbConnection(pstrConnection)

            'create the data adapter (this manages the data) based on the query
            daAdapter = New OleDbDataAdapter(pstrSQL, conConnection)

            'create the data set and fill it from the data adapter
            dsData = New DataSet
            daAdapter.Fill(dsData)

            'close the connection
            conConnection.Close()
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by:Dabas
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intox1221:
It does help to know that you are using .NET and an .mdb file

What you need to use is the "Find" function

Just type dsData.Tables(0).Find and press F1 for help.
If the help is not clear to you, then please let me know, and I will guide you through it.

Dabas
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by:intox1221
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i will take a look at help like u suggest, it always helps. But i would rather u guide me where i need to go... thanks for ur time though....
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by:Dabas
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Something like this:

      Dim dt As DataTable = dsData.Tables(0)
      Dim dc(0) As DataColumn
      dc(0) = dt.Columns("clientId")
      dt.PrimaryKey = dc
      Dim keys(0) As String
      keys(0) = txtClientID.Text
      dt.Rows.Find(keys)
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by:intox1221
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what do i declare dsdata as and where. Also does it have to be local or class level variable.
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intox1221:
I just took the variable as appears in your code!

Insert my code after the daAdapter.Fill(dsData) line

Dabas
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