connect to columns after edit event for inserting records in a different database/table

Hi, I am trying to hook up to a column's afteredit or afterpost event.  The purpose is to trigger a record insertion  in another database/table when the cell's value changes from NULL/BLANK to a datetime value.

have tried connecting to the columns change and updated events, but the code is not run.

Norm-alNetwork EngineerAsked:
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DatabaseMX (Joe Anderson - Microsoft Access MVP)Database Architect / Systems AnalystCommented:
Should this maybe be in the SQL zone?

mx
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jefftwilleyCommented:
Are you trying this from a form of some kind?

Private Sub MyField_AfterUpdate()
'if myfield isn't null then do your thing
If Nz(myfield, "") <> "" Then
'Do your insert thing here
End If
End Sub
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Norm-alNetwork EngineerAuthor Commented:
Sorry, more explanation is needed...
I am trying to connect to an event fired by MSFlexGrid when a certain columns value changes from either NULL or BLANK to any value. I don't care about the value, I just need to trigger a record insertion in another database/table. Business logic is: when a user enters a date in the complete column (msflexgrid) then insert the job into the manufacturing database/table.

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Norm-alNetwork EngineerAuthor Commented:
one more thing... this vbscript in an access database.  The grid is on a form.
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jefftwilleyCommented:
Open that form in design view. Select the column, view it's properties....is there not an On_Change, or After_Update event for that column you're referring to?
If not, right click on the flexgrid object itself and select properties, there should be a build event option there also...come back and let us know.
J
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Norm-alNetwork EngineerAuthor Commented:
I do not have access to a column object, but the grid has an onUpdated event.  The grid is dynamically populated in the forms open event with sql queries.
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jefftwilleyCommented:
so how about using the Matrix property?

it's used like so

Grid1.TextMatrix(3,3) = "55"

Where 3,3 is the row and column.

you can test values that way and compare on the onUpdate event?

Not sure exactly how you want to approach it.
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Norm-alNetwork EngineerAuthor Commented:
I am not sure what event to connect to.  the msflexgrid is activex and only has the on updated event.  it passes (code as integer).
I can test for the value with textmatrix, but how will i know it was the column whose value changed?

how about if I just connect to the forms on key up event, make sure I am on the desired column and the columns value is not NULL or blank and do the insert from there?
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jefftwilleyCommented:
I created a small form with this kind of control on it. And there's just not much to it is there. I can set it's recordsource, I can capture when it's updated at the form level.
You think I can talk you out of using this particular control? maybe a subform control would work better? You can load a recordset into it...you have full control over each field...thoughts?
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Norm-alNetwork EngineerAuthor Commented:
we are in the process of migrating out of the access table/application. Problem is it is a legacy application and needs this enhancement until it is converted.  I found out the form events do not fire for the grid.  Is this something I cannot achieve with this object?  If so, I will report it and move on to my next task.
thanks
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jefftwilleyCommented:
see if you have this event available with your control

Private Sub ActiveXCtl0_SelChange()
MsgBox "selchange"
End Sub

I'm able to pop the msgbox using that code for my control when I click into a cell....any cell.

Of use to you?
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Norm-alNetwork EngineerAuthor Commented:
I don't have that event to connect to... the grid (msflexgrid) only has on updated,enter,exit, got focus and lost focus events.  Besides, that would put me IN the cell, I need to process after cell contents have changed.
This looks like a lost cause to me... will have to wait until we rewrite that section of legacy apps.
What do you think?
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jefftwilleyCommented:
trash it...not worth the time. You still have the data, and there are other ways of presenting it. Just because you can do something...doesn't mean you should.
My .02
J
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Norm-alNetwork EngineerAuthor Commented:
thanks for your persistence Jeff...
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