CDaoRecordset Query

(1)  m_pSet is my application CDaoRecordset handle in {CMsgSet}.
     m_pSet->m_pQueryDef=NULL // ??? How to set this up ???

     I noticed I always get an assertion error due to this m_pQueryDef being NULL, how do I make it valid?

"    COleVariant pSrc;
     pSrc=m_pSet->GetParamValue("[MMS Event Logging].TagID");   // Assertion Error m_pQueryDef=NULL !!!
     pSrc.ChangeType(VT_BSTR);   // Is the way to change COleVarient type to character strings ???
     fputs(fsql, pSrc);                              "

(2) To requery a Table Type CDaoRecordset, I put the WHERE statement of the SQL statement in  m_pSet->strFilter, & the ORDER BY statement in m_pSet->strSort.  Correct ???  
      (m_pSet->m_strFilter)="(([MMS Event Logging].TagID)=\"BBC\")";
      (m_pSet->m_strSort)="[MMS Event Logging].Date";
I cannot use Requery() coz I am using a Table Type Recordset, so I simply do this :-
Is that enough?  Do I need to do something like CanRestart() to determine if I can close & open the database connection?

How can I check if the SQL is executed correctly?  Does GetRecordCount() tell, since after SQL execution, not all records are extracted, right???

Initially before I set m_strFilter & m_strSort up, they are both empty fields.  Does that means all records are selected without sorting order ???

(3) Is there any way to use Access Active-X control in VC++?  Like in VB, we can simply use GetObject() to obtain the Access Object handle & then we are able to use the exisiting Access functions like printing & querying, etc.
Pls give me examples for printing for illustration if u know how.

Thanks alot ;)
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sllsglAuthor Commented:
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Well I'm not sure that i understand what you a trying to do, but here are som hints:

When using a tabledef recordset records are not filtered/sorted based on m_strfilter/m_strSort. You will need to use a index, which will determine the sort order. And note: Tabledef recordset gives you ALL THE RECORDS in the table, but are the fastest way to read/write records.

You should use Seek() to find a specific record and the MoveNext() to get to the next record (sorted based on the index selected). To select a index use the function SetCurrentIndex().

Using table recordsets to count records is not a good practice (They uses a estimated count of records, and are only 100% correct after a compacting the database). Use a dynaset when counting records.

To execute a SQL build your SQL command string and call CDaoDatabase::Execute(strSQL). If the SQL command(s) fails a CDaoException will be raised.

Ex: To delete alle records older than 1-1-97 in table 'data' and get the number of records actually deleted:

    CTime tm(1997, 1,1, 0,0,0);
    CString strSQL;
    strSQL.Format("DELETE data.* FROM data WHERE (time < #%d/%d/%d#)", tm.GetMonth(),tm.GetDay(),tm.GetYear());
    long nDeletedCount = set.m_pDatabase->GetRecordsAffected();
    TRACE("%d records was deleted\n", nDeletedCount);
catch(CException* pe)

Another thing:
There is no need to requery a table recordset it is updated automatecly when new records are added or deleted. To make sure all changed has been read do the following:

set.m_pWorkspace->Idle( dbRefreshCache );


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sllsglAuthor Commented:
Thanks Piano_boxer,  I need more explanation, so hope u don't mind I reopen this question :)

First, u say that m_strFilter & m_strSort do not filter & sort in a tabledef recordset, so what's their uses?  Aren't them the substitute for SQL clauses?  

I have built right from the start using AppWizard, & selected Access as the DAO, & I am assigned Tabledef, so how do I execute this "set.m_pDatabase->Execute(strSQL); " ?
This Execute() is the class member of CDaoDatabase, not CDaoRecordset, how can I use it?

Also I don't have a handle for CDaoDatabase (or  perhaps I may have, right under several covers of CDaoRecordset handle m_pSet, pls guide ?)

And if I can execute, so how can I get to the selected (affected) records, how & where are they returned?  Do I have to extract individual field from individual record, one by one? Most importantly, I noticed that GetFieldValue() always return COleVariant type, how can I change it to CString or COleDateTime for display?

U also mentioned that there is no need for refresh in tableset database, but how about after a SQL query?

Million Thanks ;)
1. m_strFilter and m_strSort are used to filter and sort records in a dynaset or snapshotset (readonly).

Ex: If u want to open a recordset with only records where [age] > 10 you could use m_strfilter to select only those records:
set.m_strFilter = _T("[age] > 10");

Internally MFC actually builds a SQL select string based on GetDefaultSQL() and m_strFilter and m_strSort.

2. To get to the CDaoDatabase object from your CDaoRecordset class use the member variable m_pDatabase in the CDaoRecordset. (MFC automaticly create a database object for you when you opens a recordset, without specifying you own CDaoDatabase).
So when i write set.m_pDatabase->Execute(strSQL), set is your CDaoRecordset derived object.

3. Table recordset are a kind of 'raw' access to all the records i a table. It gives you fast indexed scrolling via the Seek() function, but dont give you any way of filtering out unwanted records.

// Open readonly table recordset
CMyRecordset set;
set.Open(dbOpenTable, NULL, dbReadOnly);

// Seek to first record where [age] < 10
COleVariant varAge((int)10);
set.Seek("<", &varAge);

// Walk through and print all records where age < 10
while(!set.IsEOF() && set.m_nAge < 10)
    TRACE("Record found. (age = %d)\n", set.m_nAge);
// Close recordset.

4. If you whant to get a result from executing a SELECT SQL query, construct your SQL command and pass it to CDaoRecordset::Open();

CMyRecordset set;
set.Open(dbOpenDynaset, strSQL);



5. You cant run SQL querys on a tableset type recordsets !!!. Use snapshot or dynaset instead.

sllsglAuthor Commented:
Thanks again for your prompt reply ;)
I will try out your suggestions as soon as possible.  BTW, do u mean that I must definitely open another recordset(dynaset) from my current tableset, in order for me to execute SQL?  Then the extracted records will be in the newly opened dynaset?  And I still have to extract the fields of the selected record one by one?

Can u guide me along on how to open another dynaset from my current tableset (m_pSet)?

Million Thanks :)
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