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powerbuilder datawindow identity fields

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i am using a datawidow to deal with a table which contains a identity field. i dont care to show this field on the screen but i want this field to auto-increment its value by one when i insert a new record to the database. How can i deal with this field in design time? And what about the update properties of the datawindow?

if i dont include it in the sql statement ( i believe this is the right thing to do) will this field increase its value by one every time i add a new record? In case that i would like to display this field in the screen but not update it thru keyboard what should i do?

i would like something else too. (not concerning identity fields). suppose we execute the command dw_1.update() . can we get at run time the exact command that powerbuilder sends to the database? Suppose this datawindow has a field named xx with tab order 10. how can i change it to 0 in run time?

i am using pb 11.5 and sql server 2000

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Hi,

You can include the identity column in the SQL of your datawindow.
In the update properties, dont select the identity column in the updateable columns section.
So now u can display the column aswell.

DW_1.GetSQLPreview ( )
This will give u the sql sent to the database.
Also, have a look in PB Help at SQLPreview Event of DW.

At runtime to change the taborder,
dw_1.Object.emp_name.TabSequence = 0
or,
dw_1.Modify("emp_name.TabSequence = 0")

Cheers,
Rosh
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by:diasroshan
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Hi,

Also, forgot to mention,
In update properties, there is a dropdown to select the identity column.Please select your identity column from there.

In the above post i have asked not to select the identity column in the updateable columns section. Try selecting it and see if its giving any noteable issues.

Cheers,
Rosh
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by:basilhs_s
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thanks for the reply. it seems that its correct. i ll check it tomorrow morning
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thanks very much
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