VB, SQL and German Regional Settings

Posted on 2004-04-19
Last Modified: 2008-03-17
I'm using vb5 and my regional settings are German. When look into my SQL table the format is correctly sown, with . as the thousand separator and coma as the decimal separator. Why does my recordset return the numbers in the english format? i.e 1,000.00
instead of 1.000,00.
This results in funny results when i add them up. Can anyone help?
Question by:tiseffies
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Expert Comment

ID: 10866622
Check your ODBC data source. There is an option 'Use regional settings when outputting currency, numbers, dates and times' it's on 4th page of datasource configuration wizard.

Author Comment

ID: 10873664
I followed your instructions, and got an error when accessing a field returned from a recordset. The field is of money data type. I set the language on the SQL Server to German, and my regional settings to German. It all should be compatible now..Any ideas would be appreciated

Here is the error:
Run-time error 0:
01S00 [Microsoft][ODBC SQL Server Driver]Invalid connection string attribute


Author Comment

ID: 10873683
P.S. Numeric data type works..don't know why money is a problem

Author Comment

ID: 10874158
I realise that ADO fixes the problem...but that is a very big change for me to perform at the moment......

Expert Comment

ID: 10876831
Say, is that error occuring exactly when you access that field?
Could you provide a fragment of code?
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Author Comment

ID: 10884709
sure. i have also been looking into sql odbc driver patches but no luck yet...
i set the odbc connection
  Set gcnMain = DBEngine.Workspaces("Main").OpenConnection("Main", dbDriverNoPrompt, False, gsODBCConnectString$)

gsODBCConnectString$ = Connect=ODBC;DSN=my_dsn;Database=my_db;UID=sa;PWD=;LoginTimeout=10

then i open a recordset (DAO 3.6)
Set msnTable = gcnMain.OpenRecordset("select * from mytable", dbOpenSnapshot)

then i access the fields:
sTemp = msnTable!numeric_field
sTemp = msnTable!money_field

when i get to line 1 numeric_field...i get the value, line 2 i get the error

I suspect that during the odbc connection it ignores the problem accessing this value, bypasses it somehow, and then only complains when i try to access it.
I also tried using cast in my sql say to numeric but then i lose the money data type's functionality anyway, and i have to repeat that everywhere in the code (or schema) which i don't want.

Expert Comment

ID: 10886381
Sorry... I have no idea :(

Author Comment

ID: 10895054
It's ok . I've emailed Microsoft about it too, but they haven't gotten back to me either :(
Thanks for trying :-)

Anybody else any ideas?

Author Comment

ID: 10924495
I have found the answer to my problem.
The option on the odbc unfortunately caused some conflict when i had the default language set to German in SQL. If i leave the odbc unchecked, and the German default language, and convert my numeric data type to decimal (functionally the same) i overcome the problems I had.
Thanks to everyone who attempted to help.

Author Comment

ID: 10946398
Correction I don't need to set the server to German either now. It will still work, just reads the Regional Settings (i must have mixed up as part of my testing). Numeric still has to be converted Decimal which is functionally the same to SQL.

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