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I am writing a database program using access and I would like to hardcode it. I am confussed about the disconnect and connected database.

I need to have a combobox populated with the one field of the table and when I click on the name I see in the combobox it querys the same table and pulls the rest of the data to the textboxs and queries another table in a datagrid. Now this is not going to be used for manipulation back to the database. What should I do??



Also lets say I want to make a program that many users an enter data back and fourth to a database which way is best preferred.


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by:sunny1907
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hi, the difrence between connected and disconnected approach is pretty easy to explain. Connected approach here means, connection to database is maintained continuouslly, once connect and stay connected. This approach is handy if database access will be used frequently. On the other hand, disonnected approach is based on reconnecting to database when needed. It  heavily depends on the application area. For vb.net and ado.net examples check tutorials. good luck


 
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by:ashok766
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I Would suggest use discounted apporach(means dataset). B'coz reduces network traffic and DB Server resources.

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by:hogan9111
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ok, but what happens if the data that the user see has been changed.

meaning if I understand correctly, 4 users are using any application and one pulls in a certain record and so does another user the one user makes a change to one field and the other user already did and saved it what happens, I am just worried about the data not being real-time.
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anyone??? there
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by:rattmman
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You got a good point there hogan9111,

What happens is that the last user who made the change and update overwrites the previous record.  So what you could do in the code is check if the record has change before making the update.

This problem resides all the time when you have more then one user accessing the db at the same time.  The best way to handle this I think would be to lock the data when someone is entering information in it and to unlock it when they are done, that way you could pull up the latest version.

But locking gets into a problem also when your system crashes.

Hope this helps,

If you need any more info. please tell me.

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rattmman,

yes please give me more information on your method
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Hi Hogan,

What I did to avoid this situation is that I locked the record from being editted when the first user initiates edititting, that means that they've actually started changing something in the db.  But alao to avoid the record from not being seen, I then allow other users to look at the record and not change it.

I also notify the 2nd user that looks at the same record that the record is being currently editted.

This will prevent users from overridding each other and allow users to reopen the record after the record has been editted.

This is one of three ways to deal with this probelm.  But the above method is what I've been using with access.

RC
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