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  • Show auto-increment on grid

    Hello fellow A5'rs,

    I was apprehensive about creating a page for my staff to enter a new customer when needed. I had only been using the web side of A5v11 to view data already in the database and I have it set up as read only. Now I want to add an entry form that is accessible in the browser. I surprised myself and I figured it out. I now have a grid that I can use on the web-side for data entry. However, I do not understand all the features of the grid like I do for a form I create on the desktop application. I need help.

    In my desktop application (where we normally add new customers) I have an entry form that opens and immediately displays the new customer number, as generated using the auto-increment field rule in the table structure. I have the field on the form but it is auto-filled and cannot be changed by the user. They can only view this field. This has worked great for years.

    On my new web page entry grid I cannot figure out how to get the same behavior. I figured out that if I delete the customer number field from the grid the database does add the correct customer number after the grid entry is submitted. If I then display another grid on another page I can view the new customer number. This is working for now. But I would like to do it the same way I do it on the desktop form.

    How do I get the grid entry form to automatically display the new auto-incremented number when creating a new customer?

    I'm not sure why this works on the desktop form. How does the form know how to display the new number when the record has not been saved/entered to the table yet? I imagine some programming that "saves" the new record and then immediately refreshes the form for further changes. But on the web page the grid can't display a value from the field since it hasn't been created yet? I'm just guessing here as I don't really know how this works.

    Can someone help me? I can't find the appropriate documents to read to learn how to do this. I have the books and videos for learning the web side of A5v11 but so far I can't find what I am looking for.

    Last edited by seaken64; 03-11-2015, 01:31 PM. Reason: typo

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    Re: Show auto-increment on grid

    this is concept difference.
    in desktop you are shown a tentative number by alpha ( not all desktop program do that as far as I know) and when saved if no one submits before you then that is the number you keep or you will get different number alpha will adjust to the new number you won't know unless for some reason you wrote it down and told someone else about it. in web it is disconnected you will save the record and then only you will see the new record number. for all I know no one needs to know the auto increment number you can get to it by other means. if I were you I won't even bother showing the auto increment number. there is nothing gained by the user. incidentally you said you are using grid to enter data. my approach is grid to show data dialog to enter data. better control for me.
    take a look and you will see.
    thanks for reading


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      Re: Show auto-increment on grid

      Thanks Ghandi.

      Your comments make sense and it is about what I thought was happening. It's convenient to see the number immediately since we write it down for entry into another system. With the grid we'll just open another page that will show the number instead of seeing it immediately.

      Thanks again for the tip,