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Just downloaded the NotesSql software from IBM.  Said it had programming examples, but coming up short.  I need a simple basic example of how to connect and iterate through the notes names.nsf database using Visual Basic 6.0.  I have written numerous accesses to DB2 and other facitlities, but cannot get the connect string to work.  
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First did you configure DSN for Notes db using ODBC ?

And test the connections ?

~Hemanth
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Scripting is something similar to what you do for any regular dbms...
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Yes configured the dsn and it found my Notes database.  Then drop down box was populated with necessary nsf.  Picked the names.nsf and everything seemed ok.  Have provided my snippet of code for connect....

Since posting, have got to connect, but get message base table not found - names... message
Names is the standard names.nsf everyone uses.  Additionally pointed to this in my DSN so dont understand why
it didnt find it

    ' Connect to a Database
    Set conn = CreateObject("ADODB.Connection")

'   conn.ConnectionString = "DSN=Notes1"
    conn.Open
   
    Dim szSQL As String
    szSQL = "Select LastName FROM names"
    Dim rs As ADODB.Recordset
    Set rs = New ADODB.Recordset
    rs.Open szSQL, conn, , , adCmdText   <------------- Failing here.....
    iEmpID = rs.Fields.Item(0).Value
    rs.Close
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This statement is wrong...

> szSQL = "Select LastName FROM names"

You should specify a view here instead of names..eg;

 szSQL = "Select LastName FROM People"    ... This will extract field name "LastName" from the view "People"


For more details look into the notes sql help file
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First you have to understand the components of the notes vs dbms...

Table        FormViewFolder            
SQL Tables map to either Notes forms or Notes views.  

Column      Form FieldView Column  
When creating a NotesSQL Table or View, avoid using column names that are ODBC or SQL reserved words or that contain characters other than letters, numbers, or underscores.  

Index          View  
A SQL Index maps to a Notes view in which all sorted columns refer directly to fields in a single form, and which selects documents from only that form.  

View          ViewFolder  
A SQL View maps to a Notes view that selects documents from one form, in which all columns are calculable from the form.When you create a view using SQL, a view is created in Notes that selects from one form. Except for private views, all Notes views are reported as SQL views.  
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Once I got that principle, I was in like Flint!!  Worked awesome and its actually pretty darn easy!! Thanks for the help
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