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Linking to Live Access database

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  • Linking to Live Access database

    I use Alpha Five V8 to create db applications to speed my work up at my office which is buying and selling. The company I work for has an original access db which I wrote approx. 10-12 years ago, before I had heard about Alpha 5!

    My question is this: I have always wanted to link to the original access db live tables as this db is used by everyone in the company it has a mine of information in it, some of which I would like to access and read/write into my alpha 5 db. Is this possible with Alpha 5 v8 or do I need to upgrade to v9?

    If it is possible in v8 could someone provide some further information on how I might go about this task?

    If it is not possible could someone tell me which version of the new program I would need to upgrade to, to be able to accomplish this?

  • #2
    Re: Linking to Live Access database

    Hi Alastair,

    My recommendation would be to develop your application in V9. You can still leave your old app running live and use Active Link, which you cant do in V8.

    To get you started, I find meaningful data is always the most useful to work with, so create your table in V9 using passive link.

    Duplicate the tables in the new app and go from there. Once you have got the app developed and tested empty out the tables and import all the current data.

    If you have the Enterprise version of V8 then you can do the same thing there., but as I said only passive linked tables.

    Is there something that you want Alpha to do that your Acc.....db cant do?
    Keith Hubert
    Alpha Guild Member
    KHDB Management Systems
    Skype = keith.hubert

    For your day-to-day Needs, you Need an Alpha Database!


    • #3
      Re: Linking to Live Access database

      Hi Keith,

      Thanks for the fast response, the reason that I moved to Alpha Five from Access was the ease of programming I find Access difficult to get on with, I am no professional by any means! The Genies on Alpha Five write sample x-basic for me and I have previously had some experience with C++ programming which x-basic seems to be related to.

      I also liked the smart fields such as the date, e-mail and web fields that are built in with Alpha Five. A colleague and I tried to provide a similar sort of thing in Access and you wouldn't believe the amount of code we had to write! Our version of Access was 2000 so maybe things have changed since then? As I said I have lost interest in Access and much prefer Alpha Five. I have an Alpha Five db that I have been developing over the years for my own use - it saves me loads of time!! Just the other day I was adding a button to create directories on my computer based on some of the fields on a form. I wouldn't know where to start using Access!

      One of the reasons I first purchased Alpha Five was the option to read in Access db tables, although I was never able to achieve this on V5 - V8! I own Alpha Five V8 Professional Edition, is there an upgrade to whichever version of Alpha Five V9 I need? What is the likely cost of an upgrade?


      • #4
        Re: Linking to Live Access database

        I use V9 Platinum to do this all the time.

        V9 allows you to establish active links with your original Access data, where as V8 only allows passive links.

        Just like you, instead of redo-ing our Access programs in Alpha, which would be alot of work and require me to re-write all the documentation for the other users, I just link to the data with A5V9 and do what I need.


        • #5
          Re: Linking to Live Access database

          Thanks for the reply Vince, I have downloaded the trial version of Alpha Ver 9, to see if I can make it do what I want it to.

          I am having trouble with the Tablemax function see my other post, have you used this function at all to perform calculations on your Access db via the active link tables?