Access Oracle and Blob files in VB

Posted on 2004-08-31
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Last Modified: 2008-01-09

I have an Oracle table:

  OBJECT    BLOB          NOT NULL);

It contains the OBJECTID and an OBJECT.  In my case the OBJECT field is populated by TIFF files (most over 1 megabyte in size).

I wanted a little VB interface to query and display this TIFF.  I did not want to do this via an Oracle Forms.  There are several reasons but I am not going to get into it.

I am able to make an oracle connection:

Public Function connectoracle() As Boolean

Dim logoninfo
Dim SQLStr0
Dim OraDS0
Dim oraval1
Dim oraval2

Dim X

On Error GoTo error5

logoninfo = "scott/tiger"

  'Connect to the Database
  'Create a reference to the OO4O dll
  Set objSession = CreateObject("OracleInProcServer.XOraSession")
  'Create a reference to my database
  Set objDataBase = objSession.OpenDatabase("MYDB", logoninfo, 0&)
  'The select statement
  'Run Queries and Create DynaSets
  Set OraDS0 = objDataBase.DbCreateDynaset(SQLStr0, 0&)
oraval1 = OraDS0.Fields(0).Value
oraval2 = OraDS0.Fields(1).Value  '<-- This would hold the Tiff.

Exit Function

Screen.MousePointer = vbDefault
X = MsgBox("Error logging in to Oracle", vbOKOnly, "Error")
connectoracle= False
End Function

The issue is that I can not seem to return the BLOB field.  I wanted to get the OBJECT in and then display it into image box or picture box (not sure which works yet).

My first goal is to be able to fetch the BLOB and then display it on the FORM.

Another goal would be for me to specify a single OBJECTID or range of OBJECTIDs and then have those BLOB object printed out (on the default printer) (scaled to print to the page size only if larger than the page, and print out mulitiple pages if it is a mulitple page TIFF).

Has anyone done this via VB?

Does Anyone know how to fetch an Oracle BLOB field?

Does anyone know how to display an Oracle BLOB field?

Does anyone know how to print out an Oracle BLOB field?

Question by:jim_1234567890
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Expert Comment

ID: 11947018
You need a reference in your vb project to "FileMgr 1.1":


Here's a sample:


the ImportFromBlob  is what you need.

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Expert Comment

ID: 11947061
If you use ADO to connect to your Oracl database, you can use .GetChunk method and fill byte array with raw image data... then you can save it to temporary file and load it using LoadPicture() function or you can directly convert it to IPicture: http://www.visualbasicforum.com/showthread.php?t=140359&highlight=blob

Also, try to go through this link to see if it helps:

Good luck!

Author Comment

ID: 11947249

That FILEMGFlib.FileManger.

It does dump out to Disk OK.
FileMgr.ImportFromBlob Rs("OBJECT"), "c:\" & GetTimeStamp & "_myobject.tiff"

I did not really want to dump the OBJECTs to disk.  I want to display them in the from, or dump iit directly to a printer.  

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Expert Comment

ID: 11947309
Once it's on the disk, say in the temp directory you can display it using the "LoadPicture" function.
I think that even programs like Internet Explorer save the files to temporary storage area first.

Author Comment

ID: 11947546

Ok I understand dumping it disk and then reading in via:
Picture1.Picture = LoadPicture("c:\temp.gif")

The ones I am interested in dumping to the screen/printer are the TIFFs.

When I try to issue:
Picture1.Picture = LoadPicture("c:\temp.TIF")
I get an error: "Run-Time error '481':  Invalid picture"

(also How can dump the file directly to the printer (no preview required)?)

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Expert Comment

ID: 11947754
I don't think you can display a tif file in a picture box or an image control.
Which type control were you going to display the picture on?
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Accepted Solution

JR2003 earned 750 total points
ID: 11947807
You can load it into a WebBrowser control:

    WebBrowser1.Navigate "c:\temp.tif"

You can print from a WebBrowser control, see:


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