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ADOX adding columns

Posted on 2000-02-18
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I'm very new to ADOX and I'm having some trouble.

I can't work out how to add new columns to a table with certain properties.

Just in case it matters, I'm creating a new Access 97 database.

The only thing I've managed to get to work is something like this:
'FieldX
Set objNewColumn = New ADOX.Column
objNewColumn.Name = "FieldX"
objNewColumn.DefinedSize = 15
objNewColumn.Attributes = adColNullable 'also objNewColumn.Attributes =
adColFixed
objNewTable.Columns.Append objNewColumn

1 - When Attributes = adColFixed, it won't allow me to leave the field
blank. If adColNullable, it allows NULL values. I would like to be able to
leave the field blank *without* allowing NULL values. How?

2 - I can't seem to be able to use the Type property. Any time I use it it
throws errors.... How can I make a column numeric this way?

Thanks

Pino
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Question by:caraf_g
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by:TimCottee
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Caraf_g, here is an example of creating an access database using ADOX

    Dim catAccess As New ADOX.Catalog
    Dim tblValExp As New ADOX.Table
    Dim cnnAccess As New ADODB.Connection
    Dim rstValExp As New ADODB.Recordset
    catAccess.Create "Provider=Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0;Data Source=c:\testbed\test1.mdb"
    catAccess.ActiveConnection = "Provider=Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0;Data Source=c:\testbed\test1.mdb"
    With tblValExp
        .Name = "tblValExp1"
        .Columns.Append "Stock Name", adVarWChar, 40
        .Columns.Append "Stock Symbol", adVarWChar, 6     '1
        .Columns.Append "Stock Price", adSingle       '2
        .Columns.Append "Est Date", adVarWChar, 10           '3
        .Columns.Append "Est Year", adVarWChar, 6         '4
        .Columns.Append "Price High(0)", adSingle     '5
        .Columns.Append "Price High(1)", adSingle     '6
        .Columns.Append "Price High(2)", adSingle     '7
        .Columns.Append "Price High(3)", adSingle     '8
        .Columns.Append "Price High(4)", adSingle     '9
        .Columns.Append "Price High(5)", adSingle     '10
    End With
    catAccess.Tables.Append tblValExp
    Set tblValExp = Nothing
    Set catAccess = Nothing
    cnnAccess.Open "Provider=Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0;Data Source=c:\testbed\test1.mdb;Persist Security Info=False"
    rstValExp.Open "SELECT * FROM tblValExp1", cnnAccess, adOpenKeyset, adLockOptimistic
    rstValExp.AddNew
    rstValExp.Fields(0).Value = "Name"
    rstValExp.Fields(1).Value = "Symbol"
    rstValExp.Fields(2).Value = 1.5
    rstValExp.Fields(3).Value = Format(Now(), "dd/mm/yyyy")
    rstValExp.Fields(4).Value = "2000"
    rstValExp.Fields(5).Value = 1.5
    rstValExp.Fields(6).Value = 1.5
    rstValExp.Fields(7).Value = 1.5
    rstValExp.Fields(8).Value = 1.5
    rstValExp.Fields(9).Value = 1.5
    rstValExp.Fields(10).Value = 1.5
    rstValExp.Update
    rstValExp.MoveFirst
    Set rstValExp = Nothing
    Set cnnAccess = Nothing


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by:caraf_g
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The problem is not how to create a table with ADOX. I can do that.

The problem is how exactly can I define a column, so that it will allow the user to leave the contents blank, but without leaving the value NULL.

In other words, if nothing is entered, I want the column to have the value "", *not* NULL.

My guess is that I can do this through the Properties property of the ADOX.Column object. But HOW?
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TimCottee earned 50 total points
ID: 2535607
I played about with the previous code and with the following settings, the field is fixed width 5 characters, empty strings are allowed but a NULL value is not allowed. Does this meet your needs?

Dim clmNew As New ADOX.Column
clmNew.Name = "Hello"
clmNew.Attributes = adColFixed And Not adColNullable
clmNew.Type = adVarWChar
clmNew.DefinedSize = 5
..Columns.Append clmNew
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by:caraf_g
ID: 2535733
Woohoo!

This DOES work:

'Additional Information
Set objNewColumn = New ADOX.Column
objNewColumn.Name = "Additional Information"
objNewColumn.Attributes = adColFixed And Not adColNullable
objNewColumn.Type = adVarWChar
objNewColumn.DefinedSize = 30
objNewTable.Columns.Append objNewColumn
objNewColumn.Properties("Jet OLEDB:Allow Zero Length").Value = True
objNewColumn.Properties("Default").Value = """"""


Don't ask. Just DON'T ASK.

<giggling maniacally>
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by:caraf_g
ID: 2535736
Anyway - thanks for the effort. I'll give you an "A" for your trouble.
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by:caraf_g
ID: 2535745
Don't you just love the """""" for the default value.

You'd think that "" would do. Wouldn't you? WOULDN'T YOU? But NO. That'd be WAY too intuitive. We can't have that, now, can we!

Ha!
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by:caraf_g
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End of rant
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