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Language: Visual Basic
Expertise: Intermediate
Jul 24, 1998



Building the Right Environment to Support AI, Machine Learning and Deep Learning

Export Data to ISAM Databases

Use this code to get data out to different formats without requiring a complete copy of the DBMS on the user machine. Create a new project with a command button, and copy this code into the button's Click event:

 Dim db As Database
Set db = Workspaces(0).OpenDatabase _
	(App.Path & "\biblio.mdb")

' commented out syntax line followed by 
' working example
'	db.Execute "SELECT tbl.fields INTO 
'		[dbms type; DATABASE=path].[unqualified 
'		file name] FROM [table or tables]"

db.Execute "Select * into [dBASE III; 
	DATABASE=" & "C:\My Documents].
	[testa] FROM [authors]

By using the brackets and the dot operator, you get a completely proper output in the ISAM database type of your choice. Also, if you choose Text as the database type, the statement creates a SCHEMA.INI for you automatically, or adds a new section for your new data file to a SCHEMA.INI already in the path folder.
You can do any kind of export the client wants without using a DBMS on the machine. This makes your life easier when you notice that some users running Word 97 have problems mail-merging with text files you originally created with Write# and Print# methods.

Robert Smith
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