Adding Access DB Columns Using VBA

Hello.  I have an access 2010 table (table 1sample in the attached spreadsheet) that I need to append or update (via query or vba script) to another table (table 2 sample in the attached spreadsheet).  I ultimately need to generate a report that looks like table 2 or is tied to table 2 sample.  Can someone give some guidance on this.  At least in script how I move the location number and name to columns.  Thank you.
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Jeffrey CoachmanMIS LiasonCommented:
You cannot do that in Access "easily" with a report.

What you have there is more of a "crosstab".

You can group a report by Location Name, then Product Group, ...or vice versa
Looks something like this:
You can play around with the report options in the attached sample...

FWIW you can make a crosstab query that "mostly" simulates what you need.
Then insert that into a report (or use the query as the report directly)
...I am sure another Expert can help with that...

Russell FoxDatabase DeveloperCommented:
You don't want to create a new table because they cannot be formatted that way, not like in Excel. You'll want to create a report with the original table as the data source and probably a filter on WeekEndingDt, like "give me the most recent" or a dropdown the user can select in a form. Getting into the details of how to do that is beyond the scope of an EE response, so you'll need to research creating Access reports (though starting with the Access report wizard will get you a long way). Or since Access and Excel play well together, you can probably work out some VBA code that will export the data into an Excel spreadsheet in the way you need.

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ilfocorpAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your responses.  I am still trying to do the following;
1. Get the location names from a query and store them in an array
2. Create a table using the locations in the array as fields
3. Begin inputting data in each locations column.

With the below script I have managed to accomplish # 1 and the part of # 2 that is creating the table.  However, the part that is attempting to create the fields from the locations in the array is not happening.  I know it's pretty messy but I also know it can work.  I just need a bit of help cleaning it up.  Any suggestions will be great.  Thanks.

 Set rstLoc = db.OpenRecordset("qryt30Loc", dbOpenDynaset)
    If Not rstLoc.EOF Then

        rstLoc.MoveFirst   'Ensure we begin on the first row

    'The size of the array should be equal to the number of rows in the table
        intArraySize = rstLoc.RecordCount - 1
        iCounter = 0
        ReDim myArray(intArraySize) 'Need to size the array

    Do Until rstLoc.EOF

        myArray(iCounter) = rstLoc.Fields(1)

        iCounter = iCounter + 1

    End If

    If IsObject(rstLoc) Then Set rstLoc = Nothing


    Set tdfNew = db.CreateTableDef("tblT30RptData_Final")

    For i = 0 To UBound(myArray())
        Set indexID(i) = tdf.CreateField()
               With indexID(i)
                   .name = myArray(i)
                   .Type = dbText
                   .Size = 20
                   .AllowZeroLength = False
                   .Required = True
               End With

    'Append Fields to table
    For i = 0 To UBound(myArray())
       tdf.Fields.Append indexID
    'Debug.Print myArray()
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Russell FoxDatabase DeveloperCommented:
I'm with @Jeffrey: you're trying to "pivot" your data using procedural code (like a front-end developer) when the crosstab query does that for you (like a database developer):

LocName [ColumnHeader] (grouped)
ProductGroup [RowHeader] (grouped)
ProductItem [RowHeader]
ProductItem [RowHeader]...
Jeffrey CoachmanMIS LiasonCommented:
Also note that the "exact" output  you are specifying there is not a true Crosstab/Pivot either.
It is really a "Hybrid".

If it were me, I would create a standard Grouped Report, and call it a day.
Or create a basic Pivot (Crosstab query) and call it a day.
Or finally (if you need more flexibility), ...create this Pivot in Excel and use that.

Is this Report based on a previous Report you were getting in another program?
...Or did someone just ask you if this was "possible"?

Its just that this output is nonstandard, ...
...and while you can certainly use loops and arrays to create this output,, will probably have to rework this complex code each time an aspect changes...
...too much work ,  IMHO....

ilfocorpAuthor Commented:
Ok.  You were both correct.  I just was not handling the crosstab correctly.  It's all good now.  Great Help.

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