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IDENTITY COLUMN AT SQL

Posted on 2011-03-17
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Hi All,

I create a identity column :

IdNo SmallInt IDENTITY(4,1)

I have some questions about it :

1. What does it mean ? How many number is the max number ?
2. How to call it using criteria ?

Thank you.
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It is an autonumbering column - in your case it will start from 4, and add 1 to the last used number. Generally used with int insteadof smallint. Provides a unique numbering of records - often for primary keys.

You don't call it

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Hi All,

What I mean call it means how to select it using query ?

What is the maximum number for Int and SmallInt ?

Thank you.
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It is like this

[IdNo] [smallint] IDENTITY(4,1) NOT NULL,

Means that as kelvin says starts from 4 and add 1 to every time the new record insert in the table, but it cannot take deleted [IdNo] value means say if you have 10 records 1-10 and delete the 10th record and insert new record then the [IdNo] takes the 11 not 10 again.
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Please check the link for all the datatype maximum value:

http://www.sql-server-helper.com/faq/data-types-p01.aspx
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Use it the same as any other field in a query

SELECT IdNo FROM yourtable INNER JOIN anothertable ON youtable.IdNo = anothertable.IDNo1
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SELECT * FROM yourtable WHERE IdNo = 10 ?

Thank you.
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Yes
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Hi All,

Thank you very much for your help.
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