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What happened to the 'Autonumber' field type in CDS?

I haven't done much with CDS for a long while (because of the cost of licencing the use of it - per user) and thought I would see what was new. I seem to recall there was an 'Autonumber' field type, but this seems to have been deprecated? At least I cannot add it to a newly created entity, it's not in the list.

 

Without having an 'Autonumber' field, for example, to generate an 'Order' App with an Order number, how has anyone got around this?

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Hi @Graham - we are in the process of bring this back to the portal. It's currently targeted for December. It's available today through our SDK, but there is no configuration UI - this is what we are working on.

Thanks,
Clay.

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Hi @Graham - we are in the process of bring this back to the portal. It's currently targeted for December. It's available today through our SDK, but there is no configuration UI - this is what we are working on.

Thanks,
Clay.

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Hi @Graham,

Which verion of CDS do you use within your PowerApps? The old version (CDS 1.0) or the new version (CDS 2.0)?

The AutoNumber field type only supported within old CDS version (CDS 1.0), if you use the new CDS version (CDS 2.0) on your side, you would not access the AutoNumber field type within the Entity.

If you would like the AutoNumber field type to be added within the entity of new CDS version (CDS 2.0), please submit an idea to PowerApps Ideas Forum:

https://powerusers.microsoft.com/t5/PowerApps-Ideas/idb-p/PowerAppsIdeas

 

More details about the update within Common Data Service for PowerApps, please check the following blog:

https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/cds-for-apps-march/

 

Best regards,

Kris

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I am amazed this ever got dropped, however I appreciate you confirming it is coming back, thank you.

 

Roll on December Smiley Very Happy

Looking forward to the autonumber field type coming back as well, it's really critical for producing custom identifiers that are sometimes requested in system requirements.

 

For now though is this the correct way to impliment autonumbers in CDS?
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/powerapps/developer/common-data-service/create-auto-number-attribut...

For Common Data Service for Apps, it is.

Hi Clay,

 

 

Any update on this? Will it work beside or replace the unique identifier?

I can't wait to sort based on Autonumber, something we are missing in CDS 2.0.

Furthermore, how you plan to integrate Autonumber with existing custom entities?

 

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