if I insert a new record; is there a way to find it? for sure

like on a form I have created a button to duplicate a record and then I want to display the newly added record.

I just cannot think of a way to find the last record entered.  If I do the query on the max ID then there always a possibility that some one else may have a created a record at the same time?

I am using MS SQL server on godaddy.com
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What About TOP 1 ?
Kent OlsenDBACommented:
Hi goodk,

Does the table have an identity column?  If so, the value of @@IDENTITY will contain the last identity value of the last row inserted from the current task.

Good Luck,
Paul JacksonSoftware EngineerCommented:
You can use Scope_Identity() to get the last record entered assuming you are using an identity column in your table.
Have a look here :
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goodkAuthor Commented:
CREATE TABLE [dbo].[AceData](
      [ID] [int] IDENTITY(1,1) NOT NULL,
      [Date] [datetime] NULL,
      [Ref] [nvarchar](50) NULL,

      [ID] ASC

Kent OlsenDBACommented:
Easy enough.  :)

INSERT INTO [AceData] (Date, Ref) VALUES (current_timestamp, 'Ace 1');


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The script is free to run other SQL and ACE_IDENITITY has the last ID that THIS process added.

Good Luck,
Paul JacksonSoftware EngineerCommented:
Your ID column is an identity column so you can use scope_identity as described in the article I linked it is considered better practice to use scope_identity() over @@Identity.
goodkAuthor Commented:
Scope_Identity()   How would this yield the correct result, if there are several people logged in and entering records?
Paul JacksonSoftware EngineerCommented:
Scope_Identity returns the last identity created in the current scope I.e. Stored procedure, module, function.
So if you are using a stored procedure with an insert statement it will return the Id created by the insert statement in the same stored procedure instance i.e. The stored procedure that is being executed by a single user

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