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Limit number of records for each person filling out a form

I have a form which users use to enter records.  For each person filling out the form they are "assigned" a userID automatically which is a text ID.    The table also of course has a RecordID autonumber field.

Anyway, as the user is filling out the form, which is really a sub-form (continuous form), and have entered 5 records and attempt to enter a 6th record, I want a message to popup informing them that they can't enter any more records.

Something like this but I don't know how to qualify the userID:

Private sub Form_BeforeInsert(Cancel as Integer)
If Me.txtCount > 5 Then
    Cancel = True
    Me.Undo
    Msgbox "Please return a book before checking out a new one", vbOKOnly
End If
End Sub

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SimonCommented:
It sounds like there are some other elements of the business rules missing from this. What if the user already has 1 or more books when they start filling out this form?

Ideally, you'd want to warn them that they can't fill it out again BEFORE they do so rather than undoing it after they've filled it in.
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PatHartmanCommented:
Ideally, you'd want to warn them that they can't fill it out again BEFORE they do so rather than undoing it after they've filled it in.
The BeforeInsert event runs after the FIRST character is typed into a new record so the user hasn't expended any energy at this point.  This is the correct event to use.

Use DCount() instead of a saved count field.  Saving counts, sums, etc. causes data anomalies and requires extreme care to keep in sync with the actual count or sum.  It also must be handled at the form level and that means that queries or outside updates from another source such as a web app aren't counted.  violating normal forms is poor practice and should only be done in unique situations and with full knowledge of the potential consequences.
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SteveL13Author Commented:
I understand but I still don't know how to set the limit per UserID

Something like: (which isn't right of course)

Private sub Form_BeforeInsert(Cancel as Integer)
If Me.txtCount > 5 PERUSERIDThen
    Cancel = True
    Me.Undo
    Msgbox "Please return a book before checking out a new one", vbOKOnly
End If
End Sub
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PatHartmanCommented:
If Dcount("*", "yourtable", "UserID = " & Me.UserID) > 5 Then
     Cancel = True
     Me.Undo
     Msgbox "Please return a book before checking out a new one", vbOKOnly
 End If

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Domain functions take a "where" argument so you can limit the records selected.
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SteveL13Author Commented:
Pat... Nice!  Thanks.  That did it.
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