auto increment fields in ArcGIS or ArcPad

Idea created by cgraves-esriaustralia-com-au-esridist on Oct 27, 2011
    It would be great when features are created (say a Hydrant) that the number of the Hydrant is created & incremented automatically much the same as the Object ID field. This would be ideal in products such as ArcPad. Also, it would be great if a tick box in ArcPad Data Manager was presented so the user could choose the field to be auto incremented rather than having to create code in ArcPad Studio.