Paradox Tables (Languages & Exporting)

I'd appreciate it if someone could let me know if there is a way of exporting Paradox table data into some sort of file (comma delimited or otherwise). And then importing that data into another table (with same fields, except a few extra fields appended after the original fields), thus preserving the data.

Also is there a preffered Table Language to set a table to so that users can save Internatonal character data? I'm using Paradox 'ascii' as my Table Language and a user is complaining that it does not save his Greek character data correctly.

Thanks in advance for your help.
Regards,
Demitri (cybersoft@bigfoot.com)
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d4jaj1Commented:
I know of a easy way to export your table to an ascii file, as well as, import it back.  I don't however have the slightest idea about the Greek part.  If you want me to answer the question - without the greek portion - I will, assuming you will grade it if it works for you.
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ronit051397Commented:
This is from Lloyd's help file, shows how to export to a text file.
To import from a text file just create a paradox table on the fly or import to an existing table, and write more or less the same code.
In the DataBaseName You can write a directory name, say
DataBaseName:='c:\temp';
I didn't check if this code works.

text tables (ASCII)

Q:  How do I make an ASCII text table from a paradox table?

A:  

procedure TForm1.Button1Click(Sender: TObject);
var
  t1, t2: tTable;  {t1 = PW table; t2 = ASCII version}
begin
  t1 := tTable.create(self);
  with t1 do begin
    DataBaseName := 'DBDEMOS';
    tableName := 'customer.db';
    open;
  end;
  t2 := tTable.create(self);
  with t2 do begin
    DataBaseName := 'DBDEMOS';
    tableName := 'myfile.txt';
    TableType := ttASCII;
    createTable;
    open;
    edit;
    BatchMove(t1, batCopy);
    close;
  end;
  t1.close;

end;

{ This code came from Lloyd's help file! }
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CyberSoftAuthor Commented:
Yes of course I will give anyone the points they deserve should they help me with a problem. (Still require help with the Language problem I have with Paradox tables)

The code that ronit posted works great for converting from Paradox ASCII -> DOS Text ASCII

Now when I tried to change the code to convert from the (exported) DOS Text ASCII file to a Paradox ASCII file I received the following error:

Project Project1.exe raised exception class EDBEngineError with message 'Invalid parameter.'  Process stopped.

This happens on the open method of t2 (where the program halts in the code)

I have created an empty database with the same fields required (because all I wanted to do was import the data from the Text ASCII file into the Paradox ASCII table)

Here's what my code looks like for the DOS ASCII -> Paradox ASCII conversion :

// Converts from ASCII text file to Paradox DB Table
procedure TForm1.Button2Click(Sender: TObject);
var
   t1, t2: tTable; {t1 = ASCII; t2 = Paradox}
begin
     t1 := tTable.create(self);
     with t1 do
     begin
          // Open TXT file from current directory
          DataBaseName := '';
          tableName := 'myfile.txt';
          tableType := ttASCII;
          open;
          ShowMessage('Successful TXT file open');
     end;

     t2 := tTable.create(self);
     with t2 do
     begin
          // Save to current directory
          DataBaseName := '';
          tableName := 'myfile.DB';
          TableType := ttParadox;
          createTable;
          Open;
          Edit;
          BatchMove(t1, batCopy);
          close;
          ShowMessage('Successful IMPORT');
     end;

     t1.close;
end;


Thanks for all help.

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ronit051397Commented:
If you want to copy to a paradox table and this table already exists then try to delete the command createTable;
I think you won't get then the error 'invalid parameter... '
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ronit051397Commented:
About the greek stuff, I think you should do the following:
1. In Delphi3 activate the Bdeadmin.exe which is in
   C:\Program Files\Borland\Common Files\BDE
2. In the configuration page enter the
   Configuration\Drivers\Native\PARADOX
3. Change the property LANGDRIVER from 'ascii' to
   Paradox Greek GR437 and save.

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CyberSoftAuthor Commented:
Thanks Ronit - with a few changes it works like a charm now - the conversion and exporting from one table to another.

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