Paradox to Access Conversion Project

Posted on 2014-04-11
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Last Modified: 2014-04-12
Hey Experts!

I have been given the job of converting a huge and very complicated Paradox application to Microsoft Access. I have successfully migrated most of the tables (which will eventually wind up in SQL) but have no experience with Paradox -- nor can I seem to find any "tools" to use to get  into development mode of the forms, reports, etc.

Am I out of luck? Do I need to rebuild this entire thing from scratch?

Any direction, help, advise would be welcome.

Thanks, Eileen
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Gustav Brock earned 668 total points
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> Do I need to rebuild this entire thing from scratch?

Yes, you will need that.

If you can locate an old copy of Novell/Corel WordPerfect Office Professional or even Paradox itself and have a Windows 2000/XP machine to install on, you may be able to study the behaviour of the forms and reports, but that's all.


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ID: 39994978
Maybe someone reading this will have access to these obsolete tools..... UGH!
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by:Gustav Brock
ID: 39994995
Or you can search on eBay for:

wordperfect office Paradox

Version 8 comes quite cheap.

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ID: 39995055
Do you know in what version of Paradox these tables were saved?
Do you need to do the import once or on an on-going basis?
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Expert Comment

ID: 39995081
For about $30, you can get a stand-alone Paradox converter:

If you have Delphi, you should be able to glom the Paradox data quite easily with the native drivers or add TSMImportFromParadox control from Scalabrium software.

If the data isn't sensitive, you might be able to pay someone to do the conversion for you.
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Expert Comment

ID: 39995103
If you don't mind going through Excel, you can use this $20 utility from sobolsoft

Note: Sobolsoft also has an Access importer for Paradox data.

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ID: 39995299
I don't need to convert the tables -- that's already been done. What I need it to get access to the queries, forms and reports -- and most importantly the code/functions.
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aikimark earned 668 total points
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Then you need to get a copy of Paradox.
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by:Jim Dettman (Microsoft MVP/ EE MVE)
Jim Dettman (Microsoft MVP/ EE MVE) earned 664 total points
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<<Am I out of luck? Do I need to rebuild this entire thing from scratch? >>

I'm afraid so as gustav mentioned in the first comment.

There are no Paradox to Access converters that I'm aware of and like he, I've been using Access for a very long time.

And note this is not unusual.  While it's typically easy (relatively) to move data between different products, coding, forms, and reports are not.


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Thanks all.

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