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Through Automation Object COM function, accessing SQL Server Database

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I created Automation Object (COM) using Delphi. I created a function in that COM which will gather some data from some text files and insert them into MS-SQL table. Every time I call that function it should connect to the database to post new data.

I succeeded in gathering my data from text file throu' the method from COM object but I failed to connect to the database. I tried to use  ODBC(with BDE components, with ADO Components)

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COM Automation Object has function which has following input parameters as strings & get output string parameter. It sends ODBC DataSource( to access MS SQL Server), Table Name, UserID & Pwd parameters to update database.

    function ImpExec(const pDataSource, pTable, pUser ID, pPwd: WideString): WideString; safecall;

From Delphi exe Application, when I try to call this method providing input parameters by using the above Object, it give the following error

    'Project raised exception class EOleException with message 'Catastrophic failure'

What could be the error, I couldn't access database by using this method from that COM Object.

Also how to debug the Com Object from exe application.

Expecting a solution soon.
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   1) Let's debug it :
         - build the COM with debug into and register it
         - while opened in delphi go to Run / Parameters and for host application put C:\WINNT\System32\dllhost.exe
         - put a break point in the beggining of the method and run it.

   2) Open another Delphi and open the client. Run it and call the server method. The first Delphi should stop on the first line of the COM object
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by:HamidHossain
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I built COM by using Automation Object in ActiveX Library.

You stated that  'build the COM with debug into and register it'.  what it means 'debug into', is it a option we have to give in COM or where?

As you told I set Run / Parameters for host application as  C:\WINNT\System32\dllhost.exe. Then I put a break point in the beginning of the method & run that COM it tells ' Could not find program C:\WINNT\System32\dllhost.exe'

Then I opened another Delphi client application & run it by calling that server method. It is not going  & stopping on the first line of COM method in Server Project. Still it stops only  at client.

Following is the coding in Client.

( CP1 : IComImpACSObj; -- Server Interface Object

CP1 := CoComImpACSObj.Create as IComImpACSObj; -- Creating COM Object instance

CP1.ImpExec('ACS_DS', 'trans', 'sa', ''); - it stop here & tells 'Project raised exception class EOleException with message 'Catastrophic failure' )
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  Yes, I see - in fact you didn't debugged the server

  Register the ActiveX - Run / Register ActiveX Server.
  if you are on XP - C:\WINDOWS\system32\dllhost.exe.

  TRY THIS : You can also put as host application the client that use this ActiveX - Your Client Application. Then you need only one Delphi instance.

   If you do it correctly - it should stop.
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