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Hi

I have an Access database in which all of the strings are stored with a length of 255.
Is there an easy way to either store the trimmed strings or, when filling a dataset, only fill the trimmed strings.
I cannot specify the string length as that is unknown and will vary.
All help  appreciated.

Regards
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Question by:alungwyther
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by:Jeff Certain
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There are a couple things you can do. The first (and best, IMO) is to migrate to SQL Express and use varchar(255) fields to migrate. This will keep your data intact, but empty space has no storage allocated.

The second option is to write your Access query using Trim([fieldname]) to trim leading and trailing spaces. As a side note, I don't think that the OleDbAdapter brings in the extra strings; that's a database-interal issue that should be hidden.

If you insist on using Access, however, every record will use 255 characters worth or storage for the field, whether there is anything in it or not -- this is a limitation of Access, not VB .NET.
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by:gangwisch
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you can put partial strings together when calling a dataset
for example:
firstname    lastname
======    ======
bill              campbell
lucy            somaro

select (ltrim(firstname) + ' ' + ltrim(lastname)) as fullname

fullname
=====
bill campbell
lucy somaro

you can also set the field type to be text to make it as long as you want
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by:alungwyther
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Hi Chaosian

Thanks for the reply.
Do you know of any good resources on the web to get me started with SQL Express.
I have only just started with Access databases so I need real beginners stuff.
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by:alungwyther
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Hi gangwisch

Thanks for the reply but its not what I was looking for.
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by:Jeff Certain
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Let me see what I can find for you. How solid is your database design background?
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by:Jeff Certain
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Here's the link to the SQL Express download: http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/express/sql/register/default.aspx

One of the nice things is that it is completed integrated into Visual Studio. Depending on what version you have, you can actually design your database tables and queries from your VS IDE.
http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/express/sql/
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by:alungwyther
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Hi Chaosian

Thanks for the links.
My database design background is pretty much zero, just picking it upas I go along.
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Jeff Certain earned 125 total points
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Okay... tough spot to be in -- been there myself. The best thing you can do is pick up a good book on databases. Not at the office, so I can't tell you what I used... it was a SQL Server 2000 DBA book with a sailboat on the front LOL

Here's a link to a reasonable resource (at least from a quick scan): http://www.edm2.com/0612/msql7.html

Basic gist of it is this:
1. If you have repetitive data, you need to use a lookup table.
2. If you can't fit your table on one screen, you've done something wrong.
3. Never, ever use Access if you can avoid it :)
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by:alungwyther
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Hi Chaosian

Many thanksfor yourhelp
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by:Jeff Certain
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Glad to help :)

As I'm sure you know, there are lots of us willing to help you get through this. In particular, database questions posted in the SQL topic area will get picked up by folks like Angel III, who has been great a great resource for me over the past couple years. (Probably a good reason he has 11 million EE points LOL)
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