C++ and Access

Posted on 2004-08-26
Last Modified: 2013-11-25
Hello all,

Is there a way to write to an Access 2000 database using straight C++?  I would like to do it without using MFC, just straight console.  Any and all help is greatly appreciated!  Thanks in advance!

Question by:fattumsdad
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Expert Comment

ID: 11909824
Any reason why you don't want to use MFC? Since Access is made by Microsoft, I doubt you can easily manipulate access databases without MFC, unless you know the internal data structure of Access.
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drichards earned 500 total points
ID: 11909930
Yes, it's very easy with OLEDB.  You can really go native and use the raw COM calls, but the ATL template OLEDB classes are a lot easier to use.  Here's some code to demonstrate how it works.  Similar to ODBC, this code will work against any database that has an OLEDB driver.  Here's a link to the docs, too:

#include <atldbcli.h>
#include <atldbsch.h>

void PrintRowsetData(ATL::CAccessorRowset<CDynamicAccessor> &rs)
    HRESULT hr = rs.MoveFirst( );
    while( SUCCEEDED( hr ) && hr != DB_S_ENDOFROWSET )
        for( size_t i = 1; i <= rs.GetColumnCount( ); i++ )
            DBTYPE type;
            rs.GetColumnType( i, &type );
            printf( "Column %d [%S] is of type %d\n", i, rs.GetColumnName( i ), type );
            switch( type )
            case DBTYPE_WSTR:
                printf( "value is %S\n", (WCHAR*)rs.GetValue( i ) );
            case DBTYPE_STR:
                printf( "value is %s\n", (CHAR*)rs.GetValue( i ) );
                printf( "value is %d\n", *(long*)rs.GetValue( i ) );
        hr = rs.MoveNext( );

void OLEDBTest()
    ATL::CDataSource ds;
    // This uses a UDL file for initialization parameters
    if ( ds.OpenFromFileName(OLESTR("F:\\MyDB.udl")) == S_OK )
    // Could also generate prompt for UDL file - same code would work against any OLE DB provider (like SQL Server)
    // if ( ds.OpenWithPromptFileName() == S_OK )
        ATL::CSession session;
        if ( session.Open(ds) == S_OK )
            // LIst the tables in the database
            ATL::CTables tables;
            tables.Open(session, NULL, NULL, NULL, "TABLE");
            char tableName[32];
            tableName[0] = 0;
            while (tables.MoveNext() == S_OK )
                std::cout << "Table: " << tables.m_szName << std::endl;
                // Save first table name
                if ( tableName[0] == 0 ) ::strcpy(tableName, tables.m_szName);

            // Show a table - use dynamic accessor to discover column names
            ATL::CTable<CDynamicAccessor> table;
            table.Open(session, tableName);

            std::cout << std::endl << "------------------------" << std::endl << std::endl;

            // Run a command, again with dynamic accessor
            ATL::CCommand<CDynamicAccessor> command;
            char cmdStr[64];
            // Column names hardcoded here (could just select names from table info above)
            ::sprintf(cmdStr, "SELECT Name, Phone FROM %s;", tableName);
            command.Open(session, cmdStr);

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Expert Comment

ID: 11915915
Just a note about the code as I look at it:  You'll need to create a udl file and change the code to open it rather than "F:\MyDB.udl".  Easiest way is to go into file explorer right pane and right click and do New->Text File and rename the file to <your name>.udl.  Then double-click on the empty udl file and you'll get a configuration dialog.  On the Provider tab, select "Microsoft Jet 4.0 OLE DB Provider".  If you're using Access prior to Acces 2000, use Jet 3.51 provider.

Then on the Connection tab select the Access file and test the connection.  That will get you going.

You'll also want to change the query for the CCommand to something that will work on your database.

Author Comment

ID: 11916121

I appreciate all the help!  Thanks a lot!!


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