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Data Sources

Data Sources

Data Sources

I'm new to VB. I'm teaching myself how to program. The question I have revolves around data sources. I have quite a few books I am working from and they all use Access databases for their data sources. I want to make apps. that utilize a lot of tabulated data but I don't own Access. I would like to know if people use other items like Excel or just plain old text files and if so, what's the basic idea behind it. Any suggestions on books, web sites or notes would be greatly appreciated.

RE: Data Sources

You do not need to own Access to use MDB files in VB. VB includes the Jet engine and you can create and maintain Jet databases without Access. You can also link into other formats including text files.
You could also create your own 'database' but why bother when you have all that functionality available?

RE: Data Sources

OK. I wasn't quite sure if you had to have the app. loaded on your particular machine to have that functionality. I guess that'll be the way to go then.


RE: Data Sources

If you are teaching yourself VB, a book you might find helpful is:

Mastering Visual Basic 6 By Evangelos Petroutsos (released by SYBEX)

It explains most things you'll need to know about VB6 and provides a lot of example code to help.

I found it very helpful when i was starting out.



RE: Data Sources

Thanks for the tip. I'll see if I can't track it down.

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