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Auto Generate a Number with prefix

I have an Access 2013 front end that writes to a SQL table and one of the columns contains a unique RA number I want when the user clicks the summit button to have some VBA code generate a sequential number with a prefix of RAI_ for example RAI_000001 the the next would be RAI_000002 and so on for each submission, is that possible?
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Jim HornMicrosoft SQL Server Developer, Architect, and AuthorCommented:
Would you want this unique RA number to be stored in the SQL record, so it can be accessed again?
Please tell us the logic for creating these RAI_ numbers.

Offhand, if your SQL Server table had an identity field (same as Access AutoNumber), then the text 'RAI_' plus that number can be used.
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skull52Author Commented:
Jim, yes the the number will be stored in the RA column and I can not make that column an identity field as another application uses that same table. I could use a hidden testbox to hold the RA number the VBA code would generate until the submit button is clicked to save the record.
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Gustav BrockCIOCommented:
You can use this expression:

  =Left([Number], 4) & Right("00000" & CStr(Val(Right([Number], 6)) + 1), 6)

But I too would strongly suggest to use the autonumber and just format it letting SQL Server do the job:

  ="RAI_" & Right("00000" & CStr([Id]), 6)

/gustav
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skull52Author Commented:
Gustav,
I can't change the SQL table RA number column to an identity field because this table is also used by a C# application that generates the RA number from the C# code and then passes it to the RA number column so if I change it to an identity field it would cause issues for that app. I was thinking that maybe another option may be to save my data in a separate table and when the submit button is clicked  have it insert the results into the SQL table where the RA number is not in the table.
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Gustav BrockCIOCommented:
OK, many ways to solve this.

The main issue is concurrency - could it happen that the C# application and your Access application within the second both would try to create a new record with a new RAI-number.

If not, you simply generate the RAI-number in Access (like shown above).
If yes, you will have to perform some kind of verification or reservation of the next number.

/gustav
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skull52Author Commented:
The access RA number will have a different format so they won't try to generate the same number.
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skull52Author Commented:
<If not, you simply generate the RAI-number in Access (like shown above). >  where would I put this   ="RAI_" & Right("00000" & CStr([Id]), 6)
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Gustav BrockCIOCommented:
You could use the BeforeInsert event of the record:

    Dim strRAI As String

    ' Look up the highest RAI-number of your format.
    strRAI = DMax("[Number]", "tblYourTable", "[Number] Like 'RAI_??????'")
    ' Construct the next number.
    strRAI = "RAI_" & Right("00000" & CStr(Val(Right(strRAI, 6)) + 1), 6)
    ' Apply the RAI-number to be inserted.
    Me![Number].Value = strRAI

/gustav
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Dale FyeCommented:
You might want to take a look at my response to a similar question.

This solution involves creating another table and storing the NextVal in that table.  In your case, you would want to do something like:

Me.RAI_Number = "RAI_" & Format(fnNextVal("SomeTable", "RAI"), "000000")
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skull52Author Commented:
Well, after re-thinking this I decided to create a locale table and populate that table with the data I need, then insert into the SQL table. Doing it this way I could make the Repair number  field an autonumber datatype and set the format to "RAI_"000000 and that gave me the sequence I needed. Thanks to everyone for your suggestions which I will file away for future use.
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skull52Author Commented:
I know I should select my own solution as the accepted solution but  Dale and Gustav offered viable solutions, and for additional reasons I decided on the local table solution, therefore I am splitting the points.
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