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Please Help me

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I want to make a column in a certain table ,this column consists of 3 chars an 6 autoincrement numbers like "abc-123456" .Furthermore this column is a primary key

how can i do this?
thanks

Mohammed Sobhi

RE: Please Help me

depends very much on the database you use. Most support an autoincrementing integer field, so I would not try to have this value in one field, instead have two seperate fields and use a view to combine these two fields.

Bye, Olaf.

RE: Please Help me

however, if you need the number to be sequential or if you need to assign some "meaning" to the number, you shouldn't use an autoincrementing.

Search the forum for the database you're using and post in that specific forum.

HTH

Leslie

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RE: Please Help me

I would create a generic primary key, just an autosequence.

Then I would create two additional columns.  One with the 3 character fields and another with the autoincrementing  sequential number. Then make an index on the combined (concatenated) columns and place a unique constraint on it.

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RE: Please Help me

I like those ideas, John: a synthetic primary key AND a composite alternate key.  Particularly because the requirements for the char+serial business are unknown, and might not be uncovered until after the thing is implemented.

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