Connecting to Microsoft Access

Can anyone tell me if it is possible to connect to Microsoft Access db
and how? I have several systems that use Access and I need to create
new front end functionality to the Access tables.

Thanks

Hey Lewis,

I’ve never done that but I’m wondering if ODBC or ADO aren’t your
friends
here.

I believe there are examples flying around for both ODBC and ADO
connections.

Try that and let us know how you get on.

Cheers,
Mel

On 17-May-07, at 11:01 AM, Mel R. wrote:

Cheers,
Mel

On 5/17/07, Lewis [email protected] wrote:

Can anyone tell me if it is possible to connect to Microsoft Access db
and how? I have several systems that use Access and I need to create
new front end functionality to the Access tables.

Thanks

I will be going down that path shortly and have these bookmarked:

http://ruby-dbi.rubyforge.org/
http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.ruby/browse_thread/thread/
ce3a7a464e3f37c/aac2e8db2b89a8f5%23aac2e8db2b89a8f5
http://www.troubleshooters.com/codecorn/ruby/database/index.htm

If you discover anything useful, I’d appreciate you post back.

Cheers,
Jodi
General Partner
The nNovation Group inc.
www.nnovation.ca/blog


Are you able to use the SQL Server upsize wizard (not sure if that’s
the exact name - the thing that converts Access DBs to SQL Server),
then use e.g. the free SQL Server engine? Your data would remain
intact, but you’d then be using SQL Server which is far more
scalable/robust than Access. It’s probably a lot easier to find help
for Rails/SQL Server than for Rails/Access…

BTW, I suggested using the free version of SQL Server, which supports
a limited number of users and database size, because I assume this
would meet your requirements if you’re starting from Access to begin
with; if not, just use one of the for-pay SQL Server versions. From
Rails’ perspective, it shouldn’t care which version of SQL Server you
use.

Regards

Dave M.

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