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How to generate Auto-EIN number in db ?

 
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Hi,

What i want, whenever an admin register a new user by filling up his/her details(except EIN) it should be saved in the database(iam using sql server 2005) but with Auto-generated EIN with the format say 'P1000'.
Now when admin registers another one, it should be saved with 'P1001'. Please give me some idea in order to achieve this.

My first question is , i have a primary key field in db 'ein' to store all the EINs. What should be the type of that field. Is it going to be 'Varchar' or simple 'Int' ?
And also onLoad of the registeration page, an action will be called automatically to get the latest EIN increament by 1 in an computed text, so that the Admin can read what will be the next EIN going to be registered.

Now how can i separate 'P' and '1000' from 'P1000' , and then increment 1000 by 1 to become 'P1001' before saving it into database ?

And also let me know whether iam right in my logic or not ?
 
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What is an EIN? And can I ask, why is it important to preface the number with the letter P? Would a simple autoincremented surrogate key not be easier to use?
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