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I have a linked table in Access 2000 which is linked to a SQL table which has a bit datatype field called [FIELDBIT].
I want to pass this bit to a stored procedure call mysp using a pass-through qry as such:

sp_SQL = "EXECUTE mysp " & _
 "'" & arg1 & "'," & _
 "'" & arg2 & "'," & rs![FIELDBIT]
   
The value of rs!FIELDBIT is not 1 or 0(as it would be in sql) but True and False. So my pass-through qry translates to this:
EXECUTE mysp arg1,arg2, TRUE

SQL balks, converting nvarchar to bit. SQL would prefer this:
EXECUTE mysp arg1,arg2, 1

I know how to code a work-around. Abs(CInt(rs![FIELDBIT]))
My question is how to call the sp without a workaround?

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there is no workaround.

you could experiment with creating a user-defined data type or something like that, but there's no need.  

instead of using true/false, you could change your check box to on/off. that should fix your issue too...

another point of interest (maybe), ANY number you send to SQL Server will be translated as true, so you shouldn't need to use the ABS() method in your example.

another "workaround" that's not as efficient as the one you already use, is to pass the argument as a string, then use the stored procedure to "validate" the string... although i don't see this as being a good idea at all... something like:

if @TrueOrFalse = 'FALSE'
   set @SomeOtherTrueOrFalseVariable = 0
else
   set @SomeOtherTrueOrFalseVariable = 1

*shrug* i think the "workaround" you're using now is the best method available...

good luck.

dovholuk
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as a side note, you have a few outstanding questions in other areas... you should try to clear these up.

help keep our EE "clean"

thanks,

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SQL Server implicitly coverts from NVarChar to Bit or integer to bit.  Bit is actually quite flexible.  If you try to update a bit field to anything other than 0 then the field becomes 1 (or on).  So the way I see it, you can code a workaround if you change the last parameter in your proc to a Int.  

Create Proc MySP
    @Arg1 VarChar(50),
    @Arg2 VarChar(50),
    @IntValue Int
AS

Now, with your quotes arranged the way they are, your string sp_sql in vb looks like this:

EXECUTE mysp 'arg1','arg2', -1

(The value true in vb is the integer value -1.)

So say you do an insert statement in you proc:

Insert Into MyTbl
(Arg1, Arg2, BitField)
Values @Arg1, @Arg2, @IntValue

Into the following table . . .

Create Table MyTbl
 Arg1 VarChar(50),
 Arg2 VarChar(50),
 BitField Bit

SQL Server will automatically do the following interpretation for the bit field:
                    0 - 0
Anything Other Than 0 - 1

Of course this would also work for an update statement.
=)                
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You can use your local engine to pass the correct data.  Use the IIF function:

sp_SQL = "EXECUTE mysp " & _
"'" & arg1 & "'," & _
"'" & arg2 & "'," & iif(rs![FIELDBIT],1,0)

This will pass 1 if True and 0 If not
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i think it's good info.

i'd say (humbily sp) to accept dovholuk comment as answer.

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Seven days turnaround, damn, this is new. I do apologize.
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