Sunday, December 6, 2009 7:46 PM
Should you store files and images in the database or the filesystem in an ASP.NET application? With SQL Server this is a dilemma, with both approaches having their pros and cons. When it comes to Access, the decision is much easier to make. Because an Access database is restricted to 2Gb, it makes more sense to store files in the file system. However, sometimes, you may not have the choice. If you have to use the database, here's how.
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Saturday, December 13, 2008 9:47 PM
Getting odd results and unexpected errors when working with Dates and Times in Access through ASP.NET is a common problem. Here's an overview of the Access DateTime data type, and some resolutions to the more frequently encountered errors.
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Wednesday, July 9, 2008 9:19 AM
Building on my previous article on importing text files of various formats to an Access database, here's how to do the same thing simply and efficiently with Excel files.
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Saturday, May 17, 2008 9:48 AM
There are a variety of options for connecting to Access databases within ASP.NET pages. This article attempts to cover the choices and offer recommendations for getting the best out of Access.
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Thursday, May 1, 2008 11:06 AM
This short article deals with the following common MS Access-related error messages:
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Thursday, May 1, 2008 10:02 AM
Quite often, I see questions asked about creating a simple login page for use with Access from people who don't want to take advantage of the built-in Forms Authentication framework within ASP.NET. The following samples show how relatively easy this is to accomplish.
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Wednesday, April 30, 2008 10:48 PM
The unbelievably cryptic Operation Must Use An Updateable Query error is the bane of developers who are just starting out with Access and ASP.NET. You've done your code, plopped your database file in the App_Data folder (or at least, you should have done), and try to run a page that INSERTs or UPDATEs records, and it all stops dead. This brief article explains the cause of the error, and the steps required to stop it recurring.
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Friday, November 16, 2007 10:45 AM
Yes, you did read that correctly. Here's the situation: you know that Sql Server is by far the superior database system (if indeed MS Access can be called a database system). You also know that MS Access databases are not recommended as a data store for web applications. You are comfortable with Sql Server, and haven't really looked at Access for years - if at all. But now, your boss or your client wants you to use it in the next project.
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Monday, November 12, 2007 3:15 PM
Creating a search interface for one user-supplied value is pretty straightforward: a TextBox for input, a Button and some SQL that searches one or more fields where the values are LIKE '%' + @searchterm + '%' is all that is needed. While it works, this approach is not very flexible. For example, what if you wanted to search for an Employee whose last name contains "a", and don't want those where the first name or city contains "a"? The traditional solution to this is to dynamically construct the SQL statement based on what values were passed by the user. However, building the SQL string can get repetitive, boring and messy. Here is a cleaner way to allow the user to narrow down searches across multiple criteria with the use of optional parameters, and just 3 lines of programming code.
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Sunday, September 9, 2007 9:20 PM
The Jet 4.0 OLEDB driver is a remarkable beast. Not only will it allow connections to MS Access .mdb files and MS Excel spreadhseets, but it will also allow you to connect to and query a variety of text file formats. Here are some examples that illustrate this capability when applied to importing text based data into Access.
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Tuesday, June 5, 2007 10:13 PM
The built-in functions @@Identity and Scope_Identity() are designed to retrieve the most recently added record's autoincrement identity value from Access and Sql Server respectively. Here are some usage examples.
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Friday, May 11, 2007 10:35 PM
Using ADO.NET to pull data from the Northwind database (Access version), using the saved query Current Product List.
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Sunday, May 6, 2007 10:34 PM
The following code will enumerate the tables and their properties, together with the queries in an Access database. Saved SELECT queries are referenced using the Views collection, and INSERT, UPDATE and DELETE queries are referenced from the Procedures collection.
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Friday, April 13, 2007 10:17 PM
A selection of code samples for executing queries against MS Access using parameters.
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Saturday, March 31, 2007 9:19 PM
Protecting your application against SQL injection and easier debugging are just two of the benefits of using saved parameter queries in MS Access.
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