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Hi,

How can I check a connection using COM. I have the following routine:-

function CustomCreateUDLFile(aUDLPath : WideString) : Boolean;
var
 DataInit : IDataInitialize;

begin

  try
    DataInit := CreateComObject(CLSID_DataLinks) as IDataInitialize;
    OleCheck(DataInit.WriteStringToStorage(PWideChar(aUDLPath),PWideChar(PromptDataSource(Application.Handle,'')), CREATE_NEW));

    Result := True;

    // at this point I want to check if the connection string brought back is valid
   >>> ??? ala pressing the test button on the udl form.

  except

   Result := False;

  end;

The reason I don't want to use an ADO connection, is that this function is in a seperate shared unit. I know that it would be easier to create an ado connection and try and connect, but is the other option possible?

Thanks,
Dion.
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Wim ten Brink earned 450 total points
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I don't think there is any way to avoid creating a test connection. But I don't see any real problem here. If you can use IDataInitialize then you can also use _Connection from the ADOInt unit or ADODB_TBL unit instead. Just use CoConnection.Create to create a connection and use it to test it.
If you created ADODB_TBL based on the ADODB type library in Delphi, I hope you created it without the component wrappers. In that case, you can reduce the additional unit overhead in this unit to just Windows, ActiveX, Classes and ComObj.
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