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Language: Visual Basic
Expertise: Beginner
Apr 25, 1997

Data Control vs. DAO

Question:
When, in general, is it best to use DAOs as opposed to data controls? We are building VB clients for Access and MS SQL Server.

Answer:
If you plan it right, you can use a combination of data controls AND the DAO objects. Under Visual Basic 4.0 and above, you can set the Recordset property of the data control to a recordset you have created using the DAOs. For instance, you may want to fill a drop-down list from a database. Simply set the recordset to one retrieved from the current database. In general, DAO gives you a lot more control over how your application works, but the data control still has a lot of power hidden in it.

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