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Hi all,

I have a project plan template that I would like to do the following:

1.  run a query to my MS Access table for project numbers and project status fields
2.  create a new .mpp file for each project number in query 1, based upon this template.
3.  change two fields in the new .mpp files to match the project numbers and project status fields from the query
4.  save the files on my local PC

(all work for this is done locally)

I have no idea of how to get started with this, except for the query.  So, I am looking for lots of help and code examples.
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Hi g118481,

Well, you will have to write automation code for microsoft project. First add a reference to your project to "Microsoft Project 11 object library" (this is for project 2003, i would guess that project xp is microsoft project 10 object library). Then start suffering.. he he, sorry but writting automation code is always a pain. Here's a very small sample

using System;
using Project = Microsoft.Office.Interop.MSProject;
namespace ConsoleApplication22
{
      /// <summary>
      /// Summary description for Class1.
      /// </summary>
      class Class1
      {
            /// <summary>
            /// The main entry point for the application.
            /// </summary>
            [STAThread]
            static void Main(string[] args)
            {
                  object objFalse = false;
                  Project.ApplicationClass objProject = new Microsoft.Office.Interop.MSProject.ApplicationClass();
                  objProject.Visible = true;
                  objProject.FileNew(Type.Missing,Type.Missing,Type.Missing,objFalse);
                  Project.Project myProject = objProject.ActiveProject;
                  myProject.Tasks.Add("test",Type.Missing);
                  myProject.SaveAs(@"c:\test.mpp",Project.PjFileFormat.pjMPP,Type.Missing,Type.Missing,Type.Missing,Type.Missing,Type.Missing,Type.Missing,Type.Missing,Type.Missing,Type.Missing,Type.Missing,Type.Missing,Type.Missing,Type.Missing);

            }
      }
}

Prepare the debug and to "get creative" a lot. Sometimes when i have to do this kind of projects, I record macros in project and then study the generated code. This will save you a lot of time, as documentation is very vague.

Good luck :)


Esteban Felipe
www.estebanf.com
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