Add new record then get unique id of new record


I have a .net 2.0 application that inserts a record into a database.  What I would like to do is:

(1) Confirm the success or failure of the insert.

(2) On success, get the unique ID of that new record so I can show it in a popup to confirm to the user as a Tracking Number.

(3) On fail, note why and inform user.

I am using VB code behind and a module call for all my database calls. 


'Add new request to database



"INSERT INTO DATABASE(PermitType, PM, PMPhone, RequestDate)Values('" & strOptChoice & "', '" & cboProjMgr.SelectedItem.Value & "', '" & lstProjMgrPhone.Items(0).Value & "', '" & Now() & "')")



'Get ID of last record entered.


Dim intMaxID As Int64 = oSQL.GetValue("Select MAX(ID) FROM DATABASE")

'Give user confirmation# equal to the records unique id.



"<script>alert('Your request has been submitted. Your Confirmation# is: ' & intMaxID & ')</script>")


 --- Can anyone help with code?  Thank you in advance.
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One idea would be to get the unique id first and store it in a local variable... Then on your insert use that number instead of MAX(ID)+1.


//Get id
int id = Execute("SELECT MAX(ID) + 1 FROM SOME TABLE")

//Insert record
InsertRecord( id );

GetRecord( id );

Another option may be to use a stored proc... You could call a stored proc and have it return either the ID of the record entered or the entire record (letting you skip step 3).

Hope that helps!


2/14/2007 11:17:27 PM

(1) Take a look here: 

(2) You can retrieve the last unique ID with the SQL statement:


(3) use Try.. Catch.. Finally

2/15/2007 1:36:30 AM


though your code looks like to do what it is supposed to, but i suggest you to use parameters instead of inline queries and pass values using parameters following way

sqlcommand sc = new sqlcommand("insert table(fiedl1, fiedl2) values(@field1, @field2)");

sc.parameters.addwithvalue("@field1", "its_value"); and likewise.

and for getting last id of the record you could use @@SCOPE_IDENTITY. but that in your case will cause 2 db hits so i give you still better solution to use stored procedure in that check if record was inserted or not and accordingly return @@SCOPE_IDENTITY using either output parameter or just write

Select @@SCOPE_IDENTITY, so in your .net code you can use ExecuteScalar.

hope its not too much complicated.



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2/15/2007 1:54:57 AM

Hi Everyone:

Thank you so much for your help!

 I was able to return the value by using:



2/15/2007 3:12:42 PM
@@SCOPE_IDENTITY is safer than @@IDENTITY.
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