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How do I update a normalised database table

Posted By:      Posted Date: September 19, 2010    Points: 0   Category :ASP.Net

Hi, I am a hobbyist learning SQL and .asp and am using Visual Web Developer Express 2008 to produce a website for a sports club. 

I have created normalised data tables to hold look up information (such as venues, players, teams etc) and want to dynamically update the 'matches' data table (my transactions) using webpages instead of running SQL queries.

What I want to do is select a name from a drop down list and then post the relevant ID associated with that name to my 'matches' table. At the moment I can only link to the value in the drop down list, i.e. the name which is incompatible with the validation which expects a primary key integer.

I'm sure this problem is a fairly common one but I haven't found the right answer on any of the tutorials or blogs, all of them assume that the data is de-normalised or describe things in more technical ways than I can yet understand. If anyone can point me to a 'how to article' or tell me what I am doing wrong, I would be grateful.

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