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What is Utility.mda?

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Hello Experts,

I have seen the following checked in my Access97 References:

utility

but JimMorgan told me that Utility.mda is an add-in and should not appear in References. (ref http://www.experts-exchange.com/jsp/qShow.jsp?ta=msaccess&qid=10295619 )
In that instance, when I unchecked it on the problem machine, it no longer appeared on MY machine's References.

And I just found an old Q that the asker lists utility as a reference (ref http://www.experts-exchange.com/bin/BuyPAQ?qid=10207042)

So I'm wondering what it is. (to get the points, the question is: What is it's intended purpose as an add-in and when would you use it?)  and, if you know the mystery of the Reference appearance, why would it appear as a Reference as though it were a .dll or an .ocx?

Thanks,

Mac
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Well.......I did a search in the MS knowledge base, and found a lot of articles on utility.mda. It seems to have a lot of purposes, Zoom being on of them. There are too many for me to go over, or post. You can go and do a search for "utility.mda", and read up. I am posting the link for KB.

http://search.support.microsoft.com/kb/c.asp?fr=0&sa=gn&lng=eng

HTH
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by:MacRena
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Hi berg, long time no chat.  How's it going?

Yes, I had done that search, but didn't find any description of it's functions.

Mac
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Yes it has been a long time. Too many issues surrounding that to go over that.

I do not think it holds any set function. I believe it operates as a controller of many operations. Much like the Zoom function I listed. I am unaware of any other papers on utility.mda. but I have been wrong before  :)

Where is JM lately? I haven't seen him around since I got back.
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berg,

I think he went to the NetWare forum and is spending time on his "real work".  I sorely miss his input, but am extremely grateful for having had it when I was really raw!  Yours too.

Utility.mda is a curious beast.  Like on the old Saturday Night show, "It's a floor wax - No, it's a dessert topping!"  (sorry for the obscure reference).  Utility is an add-in that finds itself in the References like a .dll.

In JM's answer to http://www.experts-exchange.com/jsp/qShow.jsp?ta=msaccess&qid=10325806 , he seems to say that it doesn't belong in the References, but there it is again in http://www.experts-exchange.com/bin/BuyPAQ?qid=10207042)

I have had to learn that sometimes it's not so important that you understand WHY something is, but THAT something is, and the Utility.mda seems to be one of those things (at least for now).

I will eventually learn more about it and will return to pass along anything I learn.

Thanks for the URL.  Hope it's ok with you if I leave this Q open for a day or 2 to see if other experts can add anything.

Mac
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No problems here. Just trying to learn as I teach  :)

I also miss JM and his books......er.....I mean answers  :) I very informative men he is.

I had an interview yesterday to work part time for a consulting agency I didn't know existed in my town. I guess you do learn something new everyday  :)

berg
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berg,

Great!  The last I heard (in September) you were ready to head up to the observation deck with heavy artillary!

I quote..."Lets see, I work for a woman who has no programming knowledge, I am getting paid 12,000 less then what I should be. My users whine too much (think before you bother me). I'm not actually in a programming environment. I work next to a bunch of nosey, old women. I get no cooperation from IS to get my job done......"


Dude, the grass is no greener here in Pennsylvania.  Hope you land on your feet!

Best of luck!

Mac

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Man! That was some venting  :)

Well, they want someone to come in and normalize there existing db's, and be a database manager. They mainly do VB/Access development, but are not very high speed. I think I may accept their offer though. I could stand some more exposure to VB :)

I know a programmer in Penn. He works in our site in Camp Hill. Very intelligent guy. He says you guys have goog golf courses up there. Someday I will have to make a trip up and see.
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GREAT Golf courses!  Pa is all rolling hills!  I grew up directly across from the Philadelphia Country Club's 9th fairway.  I hit more golf balls with my lawn mower than those whiff-n-putters hit with their graphites!

Haven't played in years, though, been raising a family and feel strongly that you spend every available day with them as they grow up (did a lot of basketball and camping, etc...).  Now they're teens and there is more alone time, I may take a look at wasting time on the links again.

But this isn't the lounge, so I'll get back to work.  When you come, look me up.  I almost had an eyeball on brewdog last month, but he got back late and I had to head home.  Despite his name, neither of us drink, so coffee would have been the extent of the revelry!

Mac
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berg,

Thanks for the help.  I'll come back here and post anything I learn for posterity.

See ya on the EE! (and good luck in your new job!)

Mac
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