Hello Oleg and others,

Thanks sincerely for the help; I'm much further along because
now rows are inserted successfully.  However, I still get an
odd error message referring to key 0 when I do a simple print 
to show the values in the object.

BTW, I will do my best to preserve indenting but my web-based
email service is determined to ruin the code.

better class 1:
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from sqlobject import *

class titles( SQLObject ):
   
    title_id = IntCol()
    title = StringCol()

    class sqlmeta:
        print 'class sqlmeta'
        idName = 'title_id'
        lazyUpdate = False
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better class 2:
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from sqlobject import *
import titles

class InsertNewTitle:

    def makeNewBook( self ):
        sybURI = "sybase://my_user_id:my_password@DBSERVER//library_info"
        konnection = connectionForURI( sybURI )
        konnection.debug = True
        konnection.autoCommit = True
        sqlhub.processConnection = konnection
      
        newKey = 1234
        newTitle = "Mystery Book"
        book_b = titles.titles(title_id=newKey, title=newTitle) # works!
#        book_b.id = newKey
#        book_b.set(title_id=newKey, title = newTitle)
#        book_b.syncUpdate()
#        book_b = titles.get(newKey)

        print 'for ID %d the title is %s' % ( book_b.title_id, book_b.title ) # fails
        return None

if __name__ == "__main__":
    instantiatedObject = InsertNewTitle()
    instantiatedObject.makeNewBook()
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and the error and the messages I cannot prevent are:
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class sqlmeta
QueryIns: INSERT INTO titles (title_id, title) VALUES (1234, 'Mystery Book')
 1/QueryOne:  SELECT title_id, title FROM titles WHERE ((titles.title_id) = (0))
 1/QueryR  :  SELECT title_id, title FROM titles WHERE ((titles.title_id) = (0))
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/diska/data/workspace/PyXtern/src/tmpTry/InsertNewTitle.py", line 30, in <module>
    instantiatedObject.makeNewBook()
  File "/diska/data/workspace/PyXtern/src/tmpTry/InsertNewTitle.py", line 18, in makeNewBook
    book_b = titles.titles(title_id=newKey, title=newTitle)
  File "/diska/data/workspace/PyXtern/Bibliothek/eggs/SQLObject-0.10.4-py2.5.egg/sqlobject/main.py", line 1203, in __init__
  File "/diska/data/workspace/PyXtern/Bibliothek/eggs/SQLObject-0.10.4-py2.5.egg/sqlobject/main.py", line 1251, in _create
  File "/diska/data/workspace/PyXtern/Bibliothek/eggs/SQLObject-0.10.4-py2.5.egg/sqlobject/main.py", line 1278, in _SO_finishCreate
  File "/diska/data/workspace/PyXtern/Bibliothek/eggs/SQLObject-0.10.4-py2.5.egg/sqlobject/main.py", line 931, in _init
sqlobject.main.SQLObjectNotFound: The object titles by the ID 0 does not exist
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Note the commented code showing ways I have tried to persuade
the object to think about my new key, but clearly it remains focused
on key 0 which does not exist in the database, so the commented
lines did not help.  What might be the appropriate remedy for this error? 

Again thank you for the timely help,
    .....WZ