SQL Insert statement not working ...

I've been receiving an error message stating that my Insert statement has a syntax error.  I initially had a very complex sql statement and have now stripped it down to a point where I am trying to see if I can either populate a record with two fields.  My statement is as follows:

sInsertQry = "INSERT INTO master (last, first) " & _
                    "VALUES ('Test', 'Sam')"

following my insert string are the following lines of code:

    cmd = New OleDb.OleDbCommand(sInsertQry, conn)

Would anyone know why this simple statement would not work?  I cannot see any syntax error.

Thank you.

Maria TorresData AnalystAsked:
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Carl TawnConnect With a Mentor Systems and Integration DeveloperCommented:
As an extra note "first" and "last" are both reserved words, so they are the ones that MUST be bracketed.
What's the backend database and the exact error message?
Also, do you have other statements in your code that are working?  On the meantime, you might what to try (I added a ; at the end):

sInsertQry = "INSERT INTO master (last, first) " & _
                    "VALUES ('Test', 'Sam');"
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Are there any other fields in the master database that don't allow nulls?  If there is a primary key field, is it set to Identity so it will automatically generate the primary key?
Carl TawnSystems and Integration DeveloperCommented:
"master", "last" or "first" may be reserved words depeding on what database system you are talking to. As has already been mentioned, we really need to the error message to be more precise.

You could try the following though in case they are reserved words:
sInsertQry = "INSERT INTO [master] ([last],[first]) "VALUES ('Test', 'Sam')

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Carl TawnSystems and Integration DeveloperCommented:
Oops, quote in the wrong place. That should have said:
sInsertQry = "INSERT INTO [master] ([last],[first]) VALUES ('Test', 'Sam')"

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Maria TorresData AnalystAuthor Commented:
I hope someone can be of help.  I've provided below the information requested.  Thanks.

The exact error message is:

   "Syntax error in INSERT INTO statement."

The backend database is "Microsoft Access version 2002."

The primary key is defined as an AutoNumber datatype.

The insert a record section of the button click event code is as follows:

Private Sub btnSubmit_Click(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles btnSubmit.Click

        Dim errorText As String = String.Empty
        Dim invalidInput As Boolean = False
        Dim ctrl As Control
        Dim sMsg As String
        Dim sConn, sInsertQry, sUpdateQry As String
        Dim sYear As String
        Dim cmd As OleDbCommand
        Dim conn As OleDbConnection

        For Each ctrl In Me.Controls
            If Not ErrorProvider1.GetError(ctrl) = String.Empty Then
                errorText += "  * " & ErrorProvider1.GetError(ctrl) & ControlChars.NewLine
                invalidInput = True
            End If

        ' Errors exist; do not submit record.

        If invalidInput Then
            sMsg = String.Concat("This form contains the following unresolved errors:", ControlChars.NewLine, ControlChars.NewLine, errorText)
            MessageBox.Show(sMsg, "Invalid Input", MessageBoxButtons.OK, MessageBoxIcon.Warning)
            sMsg = "Unable to submit record that contains unresolved errors."
            MessageBox.Show(sMsg, "Cancelling Submission", MessageBoxButtons.OK, MessageBoxIcon.Exclamation)
            Exit Sub
        End If

        If existFlag = False Then           ' New record


                sYear = tbxYear.Text.Substring(2, 2)

                'SQL Connection String

                sConn = "Provider=Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0;Data Source=" & Application.StartupPath() & "\PhyDB.mdb;"
                conn = New OleDbConnection(sConn)

                sInsertQry = "INSERT INTO master (last, first) VALUES ('TEST', 'SAM')"

                '"VALUES ('" & tbxLast.Text & "', '" & tbxFirst.Text & "', '" & tbxMInit.Text & "');"

                cmd = New OleDbCommand(sInsertQry, conn)


            Catch ex As Exception
            End Try


       End If

End Sub

Carl TawnSystems and Integration DeveloperCommented:
Have you tried bracketing the table and column names as I suggested ??
Maria TorresData AnalystAuthor Commented:
Thank you for your assistance.  I wasted an entire day trying to determine why a simple INSERT INTO statement did not work.  Keep up the good work.
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