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Need access to Dbase3 database

Ok. I'm rather new at Delphi, and COMPLETELY new to programming with databases. Therefore please bear with me if this seems simple to you.

I have a program that needs to access data elements from within a dbase3 compatable DBF/NDX set. Someone mentioned using TTable, so I looked into it. TTable sounds like it will work, but I cannot figure it out. Up till now the only time I was reading from anything besides a flat file (file of records) was when I was using a 3rd party database API for their format.

Basically, here's what needs to happen:

Step 1) Open Database file
Step 2) Find All records matching a criteria (in this case, all records with the same SOC_SEC field)
step 3) read the data from that database into a structure defined in memory.
step 4) fill in template with data from database file, and write to disk.
step 5) Repeat while there are records with PRINTED=N

I can do most of that myself (template included) but I cannot figure out how to obtain data from a TTable, or even how to correctly CONFIGURE the ttable so it will open the database file.

1 Solution
first you must forget the ndx-indexes,
they are clipper-specific and not supported by the bde,
if you use the bde

if you use the bde, the first configure an alias to your dbase-table-dirrctory with the bde-admin

in delphi just assign a ttable to this alias (property databasename) and select you table in the property tablename.

1. open the table
2. use a filter 'SOC_SEC = '+quotedStr('AStringValue')
and set filtered to true
3. table1.first
   while not Table1.eof do
     //do your recordfilling
     TheRecord.TheAttribut := table1.fieldbyname('TheFieldName').AsSomeWhatTyp;
     //...more fields
     //do somewhat with your recordstructure
4. see 3
5. ?

meikl ;-)
There are Databases interface that support this database structure

List www.advantageDatabase.com



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