ColdFusion 8: Getting the autonumber insert ID

I love this. So I assume most folks knew about the result attribute added to cfquery in ColdFusion 7. If not - you are missing out. It returns quite a bit of good information about your query. But best of all - it was updated in ColdFusion 8. Have you ever inserted a record into a table that used an autonumber primary key? I bet you wanted a nice way to get the value of that ID? In SQL Server it is possible with a bit of extra SQL. MySQL - I’m not so sure. But as you can imagine - any solution you pick won’t be very cross platform. This is the main reason I use UUIDs in my OS apps.

The good news is that in ColdFusion 8, the result struct will contain a new key that contains the ID of the row you just inserted. The key is different for each support DB. SQL Server returns a key named IDENTITYCOL. MySQL returns GENERATED_KEY. Other database types have their own names - but lets focus on MySQL. Here is the query I used:

<cfquery datasource="test" result="result"> insert into test(name) values('George Bush') </cfquery>

Now when I dump the result, I get:

Pretty handy!

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