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  • Connect to v12 dbf tables

    Hello all,
    Is it still possible to connect to dbf tables
    Using the Foxpro odbc or or ole db?
    I need to connect to alpha dbf table form
    FedEx shipmanager. I made a DSN with Foxpro
    Odbc and was able to read from the tables but it
    Seems like I can not write back to them. I
    Need to write tracking no and shipping cost to
    Alpha dbf table. But it seems like the connection is
    Readonly.
    I appreciate any help,
    Thanks
    Nick

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    Re: Connect to v12 dbf tables

    Hello Nick - Happy New Year fellow Angelean!
    Have you seen the links on this page from Microsoft? Using Connection Strings

    It looks to me like you might be able to build it into the connection string...
    Last edited by MoGrace; 01-01-2016, 02:23 PM.
    Robin

    Discernment is not needed in things that differ, but in those things that appear to be the same. - Miles Sanford

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    • #3
      Re: Connect to v12 dbf tables

      HI Robin
      Happy new year to you. It couldn't be a nicer new years day in La than
      Today. Thanks for your reply I will have to wait until Monday to
      Try it.
      Nick

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      • #4
        Re: Connect to v12 dbf tables

        Since I am connecting from FedEx integration setup ,I have to use a ODBC DSN . FedEx does not have any configuration it just asks for the DSN . I looked at
        the configuration for Foxpro ODBC. It is set for free tables and collation is set for "Machine" .The "Null" and "fetch on the background" check boxes are checkd.
        It does not ask for user name or password and since my Alpha database is password protected i don't know how its even reading the tables .
        Is it possible to write to alpha dbf tables using Foxpro ODBC ?
        I contacted the FedEx integration support staff and she is willing to come to may office to help but I think this is a Alpha issue not a Shipmanager issue.
        Again I appreciate any help .I just don't know how to go forward.
        Thanks,
        Nick.

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        • #5
          Re: Connect to v12 dbf tables

          I just noticed that the index for the table which I am connection to gets corrupted after FedEx try to export data to it.
          I am exporting two fields to the Alpha table , one is Tracking number which is a charterer field the other is shipping_cost .
          After I re-index the table I see that the Tracking number field has been updated but the shipping_cost field is not.
          In my table the shipping_cost filed is a Numeric field with length of 7 with 2 decimal poisons.
          I don't know what this means.
          Again ,Please let know any suggestions.
          Nick

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          • #6
            Re: Connect to v12 dbf tables

            Nick did you try to make it an active link table? With read write permissions?
            Also If I remember correctly Fedex is MSSQL databases, either way should be able to use active link and write back I do this with many different types of DB like PSQL.
            Nicholas Wieland
            LedgerSuite.com Corp
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            http://www.ledgersuite.com

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            • #7
              Re: Connect to v12 dbf tables

              Thanks Nicholas,
              My table is a native table .I like to to keep it this way if possible for the time being.
              Nick

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              • #8
                Re: Connect to v12 dbf tables

                I have come to the conclusion that connecting to native DBF table with write rights is not workable.So I think the best way to go forward is to upsize my database.
                I have chosen Mysql as the as the back end but I can use some guidance.
                These questions comes to mind :
                1) Should I upsize all tables , most tables or only the tables with specific data that I think need to be accessed using a server?
                2) Will I be able to backup and restore like before?
                3) Will I still be able to shadow the database?
                4) Will it be a lot more difficult make an installation?
                And any other tips or warnings is greatly appreciated.
                Thanks again
                Nick

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                • #9
                  Re: Connect to v12 dbf tables

                  Originally posted by Farzadalpa View Post
                  I just noticed that the index for the table which I am connection to gets corrupted after FedEx try to export data to it.
                  I am exporting two fields to the Alpha table , one is Tracking number which is a charterer field the other is shipping_cost .
                  After I re-index the table I see that the Tracking number field has been updated but the shipping_cost field is not.
                  In my table the shipping_cost filed is a Numeric field with length of 7 with 2 decimal poisons.
                  I don't know what this means.
                  Again ,Please let know any suggestions.
                  Nick
                  What about exporting Fedex data to a csv file and importing that into A5?
                  Robin

                  Discernment is not needed in things that differ, but in those things that appear to be the same. - Miles Sanford

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                  • #10
                    Re: Connect to v12 dbf tables

                    Nt
                    Robin

                    Discernment is not needed in things that differ, but in those things that appear to be the same. - Miles Sanford

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                    • #11
                      Re: Connect to v12 dbf tables

                      Originally posted by Farzadalpa View Post
                      I have come to the conclusion that connecting to native DBF table with write rights is not workable.So I think the best way to go forward is to upsize my database.
                      I have chosen Mysql as the as the back end but I can use some guidance.
                      These questions comes to mind :
                      1) Should I upsize all tables , most tables or only the tables with specific data that I think need to be accessed using a server?
                      2) Will I be able to backup and restore like before?
                      3) Will I still be able to shadow the database?
                      4) Will it be a lot more difficult make an installation?
                      And any other tips or warnings is greatly appreciated.
                      Thanks again
                      Nick
                      It's a lot more work to move from dbf, but may be worth it.

                      Robin's idea of csv files to Alpha is workable and focuses on the issue.

                      Have a target directory for Fedex to write to and an Alpha watch process to bring in the data as the files appear.
                      Al Buchholz
                      Bookwood Systems, LTD
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                      Normalize till it hurts - De-normalize till it works.
                      Advice offered and questions asked in the spirit of learning how to fish is better than someone giving you a fish.
                      When we triage a problem it is much easier to read sample systems than to read a mind.
                      "Make it as simple as possible, but not simpler."
                      Albert Einstein

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                      • #12
                        Re: Connect to v12 dbf tables

                        Thanks Robin & Al, I was thinking along the same lines myself, but did not know about The watch methods .I looked them in alpha help and it look great but have a couple of questions.
                        1) which Flag to use to watch.
                        2) what happen if I modify the file after I read it in my code (clearing the last FedEx entry) will the code be called again?
                        should I delete the watch in code and recreate it after I clear the last entry?
                        3) what is the scope of the watch
                        Thank again,
                        Nick
                        Last edited by Farzadalpa; 01-07-2016, 01:31 AM.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Connect to v12 dbf tables

                          You can look at the "modified" date and time field of the csv file and work your "Watch" on that

                          FILE_GET_DATE_TIME() returns the date and/or time on which the file specified by filename was last updated. This high level command is easier than using the low level FILEFIND.GET().



                          Tom

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                          • #14
                            Re: Connect to v12 dbf tables

                            Thanks Tom, I used an active-link table linked to an access table and
                            Exported to the access table from fedex .l made watch process and watched the folder
                            Containing the table and when the watch triggers I add the exported data
                            To where I need it to go.

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