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From: michael dot peppler at bnpparibas dot com
Subject: Re: OT: Sybase and Sequences (Was: Re: Retrieving Identity Value of newly inserted row)
Date: Feb 1 2006 7:12AM

No, Sybase doesn't have sequences (AFAIK neither does MS-SQL).
Sybase has identity columns, and then you can write your own sequence 
generators using stored procs, or whatever method you want to use.

There's a good write up on the various methods at (the document is 8 years old, but it's 
still valid for the most part).

To get more information I would recommend the newsgroups at 
news:// (in particular the sybase.public.ase.* groups). 
Lots of Sybase engineers and various other highly competent people read 
these groups and help out.

The sybase-l mailing list hosted by ISUG (International Sybase User Group) 
is good (go to to subscribe to the list).


Internet - 01/02/2006 00:43
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To:     sabol, Robert_Gorrebeeck, sybperl-l
Subject:        OT: Sybase and Sequences (Was: Re: Retrieving Identity 
Value of newly inserted row)

Holy cow, you mean Sybase doesn't have sequences?! I've just recently
started a financial job (which means sybase it seems) and my db
background is mostly PostgreSQL with some Oracle and a smattering of

Is it just me, or is Sybase ASE missing some pretty obvious RDBMS
features and conveniences?

I know that this list is Sybperl specific, but the people here seem
pretty reasonable :) Can anyone recommend a good list/forum/community
where Sybase things are discussed? Eg. in this case, I would be
interested to read a discussion about sequence best practises.



On 1/1/1970, "Edward J. Sabol"  wrote:

>> Work-around: don't use placeholders, or hack it with a SELECT
>> max(...) after the insert (ugh!)
>Or don't use identity columns. For implementing sequential keys, 
>I use "Method 3" as docummented at
>Placeholders work fine using this method.
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