Mar 15, 2017

Sqlite: Using auto_increment and current date and time

The idea

As a good tip to get the most of the table entries - you want the user to focus on their important data - but you don't want to overwhelm them with extra typing that can be done automatically by database system.

Here is way to have an auto increment index and a default date and time of the entry done by the operator

Embedded during the table creation: 

sqlite> create table testauto (autoid integer primary key autoincrement, autodate default (datetime('now')), notes text ) ;

Operator just have to enter the notes column: 

sqlite> insert into testauto (notes) values ('this is a test of the auto increment and default date' ) ;
sqlite> insert into testauto (notes) values ('this is a second test of the auto increment and default date' ) ;
sqlite> insert into testauto (notes) values ('this is a third test of the auto increment and default date' ) ;

and as you see the index and the date are automatically filled

sqlite> select * from testauto ;
1|2017-03-15 15:34:05|this is a test of the auto increment and default date
2|2017-03-15 15:34:14|this is a second test of the auto increment and default date
3|2017-03-15 15:34:24|this is a third test of the auto increment and default date
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