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Retrieving a Max value from a table and storing in VB.net

My SQL statement looks like this
select max(SEQ_NO) AS expr1 where fld1 = 'strFld1'.  According to the data this should return a number from 01 to 99, or null.  I can execute the query separate from the program and it works.  I need to know how to return the single value to process it.  I am used to returning the values to a dataset and placing in a grid.  I have 2 problems:  It is reurning a 0 or null that produces an error when I try to return it t to a dataset.  2nd.  How may I best refer to just one value returned from the query?  
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garyinmiami2003
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Fernando SotoRetiredCommented:
Can you post a section of code showing how you are attempting to get the results?
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Fernando SotoRetiredCommented:
Hi garyinmiami2003;

Here is sample code using the Northwind database from SQL Server Express using the orders table and finding the max cost of shipping for customer HANAR.
Imports System.Data.SqlClient
 
        Dim connStr As String = "Data Source=localhost\sqlexpress; Initial Catalog=Northwind; Integrated Security=SSPI"
        Dim conn As New SqlConnection(connStr)
        Dim cmd As SqlCommand = conn.CreateCommand()
        cmd.CommandType = CommandType.Text
        cmd.CommandText = "SELECT MAX(Freight) AS exprt1 FROM Orders WHERE CustomerID = 'HANAR'"
        conn.Open()
        Dim money As Decimal = CDec(cmd.ExecuteScalar())
        conn.Close()
        MessageBox.Show(money.ToString("C"))

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Fernando SotoRetiredCommented:
Hi garyinmiami2003;

Your SQL select statement needs a FROM clause to identify the table

select max(SEQ_NO) AS expr1 FROM TableName where fld1 = 'strFld1'

Fernando
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garyinmiami2003Author Commented:
Dim money As Decimal = CDec(cmd.ExecuteScalar())


Was the statement I needed.  Fernando, Thanks again for the high quality assistance
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Fernando SotoRetiredCommented:
Not a problem, glad I was able to help. ;=)
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