Improve company productivity with a Business Account.Sign Up

x
?
Solved

Store PDFs on Host and Catalogue with SQL Server

Posted on 2012-03-14
5
Medium Priority
?
341 Views
Last Modified: 2012-03-20
I'm interested in creating an application that is an MS Access frontend connected to a remote SQL Server 2008 backend that "catalogues" PDF documents on a server. So the PDFs would reside in a simple Windows folder structure, and then SQL Server would store the file name and path, and some metadata about each file. The MS Access frontend would be used to view the metadata and upload/download files.

Anyone done something like this or know a good place to start?
Any help is appreciated!
Thanks,

MV
0
Comment
Question by:Michael Vasilevsky
  • 3
  • 2
5 Comments
 
LVL 74

Expert Comment

by:Jeffrey Coachman
ID: 37723171
Pleas clearly explain in detail what this means:

<The MS Access frontend would be used to view the metadata and upload/download files.>
0
 
LVL 11

Author Comment

by:Michael Vasilevsky
ID: 37726128
Ok to better illustrate, please find the attached MS Access example: it has one form and one table with a document hyperlink. If I open the form and click the hyperlink it opens the PDF. I want to do the same thing but have the backend be a SQL Server database and the files reside on the remote server, instead of my C:\ drive.

Is this possible? Any examples?
Part two will be vba code to upload the file to the remote server, but that can wait for another question.
Thanks!

MV
Documents-Example.zip
0
 
LVL 74

Accepted Solution

by:
Jeffrey Coachman earned 2000 total points
ID: 37740616
It can be done, just note that the Hyperlink Datatype does not exist outside of MS Access, so you will have to simulate it.

Basically everything will be the same except the Full path and File name will be stored as TEXT.
You will create the table in SQL Server and Link to in in Access.
Then create a form from this table.

Change the IsHyperlink Property of the textbox to: Yes
(...This should make the path "clickable")
(You may want to see here, if the cursor does not change to a "hand" when you hover over it: http://www.experts-exchange.com/Microsoft/Development/MS_Access/Q_21350826.html)


If the above does not work, then you can do something like this on the click event of the textbox:
Application.followhyperlink me.txtYourFullpathAndFileNameTextbox


To be even more comprehensive, you can use web browser control to display the PDF on the form directly (possibly eliminating the need to "Open it")

Finally the form allows you to find and store the Full path and file name

Sample attached...
Study it thoroughly...
I am sure you can adapt it to work in your database.

;-)

JeffCoachman
Access-BasicLinkFormOnlyPDFWebBr.mdb
0
 
LVL 11

Author Comment

by:Michael Vasilevsky
ID: 37743509
Very nice that will certainly get me going in the right direction!
Thanks,

MV
0
 
LVL 74

Expert Comment

by:Jeffrey Coachman
ID: 37743732
;-)
0

Featured Post

Easily Design & Build Your Next Website

Squarespace’s all-in-one platform gives you everything you need to express yourself creatively online, whether it is with a domain, website, or online store. Get started with your free trial today, and when ready, take 10% off your first purchase with offer code 'EXPERTS'.

Question has a verified solution.

Are you are experiencing a similar issue? Get a personalized answer when you ask a related question.

Have a better answer? Share it in a comment.

Join & Write a Comment

Beware when using the ListIndex and the Column() properties of a listbox in Access 2007.  A bug has been identified in the Access 2007 listbox code which can cause the .ListIndex property to return a -1, and the .Columns(#) property to return a NULL…
Audit trails are very important in any system to hold people responsible for certain transactions and hold them to take ownership of their actions. This article is dedicated to all novice "Microsoft Access" developers.
With Microsoft Access, learn how to specify relationships between tables and set various options on the relationship. Add the tables: Create the relationship: Decide if you’re going to set referential integrity: Decide if you want cascade upda…
With just a little bit of  SQL and VBA, many doors open to cool things like synchronize a list box to display data relevant to other information on a form.  If you have never written code or looked at an SQL statement before, no problem! ...  give i…

606 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question