[Q] Intercepting Database Changes....

What I want to be able to do is intercept all database changes at either a TDataBase or TADOConnection level. Something akin to what SQL monitor does. It appears that TSession.TraceFlags provides an inking of what can be done.

Questions:

1. Why does SQL monitor only show trace information for BDE connections to Server Databases eg SQL Server, Interbase etc. When hooking up a TDataBase to a Paradox database nothing appears in the trace window? Does that mean that BDE Callbacks for cbTRACE only work with remote servers?
2. Has anyone got any alternate ways to do this? I do not want to use a TDataSet descendent that implements a cbTABLECHANGED callback as I would then miss direct SQL changes and would have to have  custom TDataSet descendents. I want to do this at a connection level. ie TDataBase,
TADOConnection etc.
3. Delphi 6 seems to offer a component that does this (TSQLMonitor). Can someone let me know how it does this? (Our copy of D6 is still en route :-() What bothers me about that component however is that it still seems to
indicate that a remote server is involved. I want to get at a local Paradox table.

TIA
dedyeAsked:
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TOndrejConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Hi dedye, I'm no BDE/Paradox expert but I have a few notes for you:

1. From Delphi help: "The SQL Monitor enables you to see the actual statement calls made through SQL Links to a remote server or through the ODBC socket to an ODBC data source."
SQL Links is used only for SQL server databases; for local table systems like Paradox, DBF etc. BDE database drivers are used.
TSession.TraceFlags are again only used with SQL Monitor.

> Does that mean that BDE Callbacks for cbTRACE only work with remote servers?
I haven't tried but my guess is that's correct. SQL Trace is part of SQL Links.

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> I do not want to use a TDataSet descendent that implements
> a cbTABLECHANGED callback as I would then miss direct SQL changes
Are you sure? I would expect that once you register a cbTABLECHANGED callback, you will receive notification whenever the table is changed even by a TQuery within the same TSession. I haven't tried it though.
If you want to try, there's "Table change notification component with source" on http://www.borland.com/devsupport/bde/delphifiles.html can be useful.
It's definitely not as powerful as SQL Trace though.

3. TSQLMonitor only works with IBX components, AFAIK.
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