VBA Microsoft Access (MS Access) Tips and Tricks - Samples - Downloads - Discussion!

Discussion in 'General Programming Support' started by The Helper, Nov 30, 2011.

  1. The Helper

    The Helper Administrator Staff Member

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    This is the thread where I post the tips and tricks I learn and have learned on the job as an Independent Contractor (Affordable IT) Microsoft Office Specializing in Microsoft Access Database Developer/Programmer. I have been doing this for 15 years.

    Microsoft Access is awesome if you know how to use it. If you know VB6 then you will feel right at home in Microsoft Access VBA. It integrates with Excel, Word, Power Point, QuickBooks, and a huge amount of other applications. You can really do anything in MS Access. It front ends pretty much any Database as well. Especially easy with SQL Server and the Personal Edition of SQL. It also has ODBC Drivers for MySQL :)

    The first tip is a real nice one. It is a Calendar Report I found online doing research for.... a Microsoft Access Calendar Report :)


    Gives you an easy to configure Monthly Calendar Control in a report. Easily does anything that you want to show on a schedule if you have just a date for it.

    The one I downloaded was http://www.access.hookom.net/Samples/CalendarReports.zip

    I will include pictures and my mods to it at a later time.

    If you have any questions about this sample post in the thread!
  2. The Helper

    The Helper Administrator Staff Member

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    Zip File Manager 7Zip - Free Download - Microsoft Access MDB File blocking in Outlook

    7Zip is a Fantastic Free Zip file manager. You should never send (attach) any Microsoft Access .MDB file to an email without compressing it first.

    If you need to manage compressed files (.zip or otherwise) 7Zip is the way to go. In zip format a Microsoft Access file can be compressed quite alot but if you use the 7Zip format then a Microsoft Access database can be compressed almost 50% more depending on what is in it. 7zip format is the way to go but the program handles .zip files just as well. It uses the free Dos version of though I believe.

    7Zip Main Site
  3. The Helper

    The Helper Administrator Staff Member

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    Microsoft Access (MS Access) Quickbooks ODBC Driver Integration - The Next Level!

    Quickbooks Enterprise users get a free read only License for ODBC compliant applications like Microsoft Access (MS Access), Microsoft Word (MS Word), Microsoft Excel (MS Excel), and everything you need to access your Quickbooks Data is right there for you.

    It is god awful slow though. That is something I am going to have to overcome but I will update this thread with my progress on that.

    Work in Progress - Microsoft Access Quickbooks Integration with ODBC Drivers. MOAR Soon! :)

  4. The Helper

    The Helper Administrator Staff Member

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    Modal Property of Forms freezes VBA Code - Microsoft Access (MS Access)

    If you open up a Modal Form in VBA using a Microsoft Access (MS Access) Event Procedure all code execution will stop until that form is closed. Using this you can run code after the Modal form is closed. Code execution resumes after the original Modal form open call (right after the code that opened the modal form).

    You can do this using Microsoft Access (MS Access) Macros.

    Very Handy
  5. The Helper

    The Helper Administrator Staff Member

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    Middlewaresdk is an interface to ACT that you can use with any programming language. Not just .net I used Microsoft Access VBA.

    This version works with ACT 8 and up I believe. I think ACT 11 and up have a different version. I will try to get more information on this but it works with ACT 10.

    It is very handy to do specific tasks. Combined with the ACTReader OLEDB tool you can do anything with this baby. I am crippled in an earlier version of ACT but I can still do what I need to and more. The latest version for the latest ACT versions has lots more.

    NOTE on the ACT READER - You need to have the OLEDB Data Source set up (I used a File DSN) on the Server that is running ACT. You can save your password in a file DSN. You can use the ACT READER if you are programming in an ODBC compliant environment. The middleware for ACT 8 - 10 is crippled without any account lookup functions so you will need the ACT READER to find the GUIDs to control ACT.

    The newer version of the Middleware for ACT 11 and up includes better lookup functions I am told.

    Great tool for interfacing any application with ACT. You could probably even suggest a new feature for the middleware to the author Kevin Ritch and he might even add it. He is a real nice guy and very open to feedback on the middleware.


    If you use the program and need any help post here and I can help.

    NOTE - The VB6 examples included with the SDK download are wrong. The interface works through a jobcontrol.txt file that the ACT plug in reads for instructions. Any application that can write a command to that jobcontrol.txt file can use this middleware. The thing is that you need to load supporting files that are not well documented in the VB6 examples, the examples are wrong. If you look to the dotnet source code that is included you can find out what the file names are of what files you need to load for the commands you write to jobcontrol.txt to work. The vb6source code implies that the middleware writes guids and it does not. The only thing you write to jobcontrol.txt is commands and anything else goes in support .dat files.

    ie if you do a cpop you need to write a guid to the proper .dat file. The dotnet source code contains all the file names.
  6. The Helper

    The Helper Administrator Staff Member

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    td.connect - how to determine table attachments

    The DAO Tabledefs object has a connect property that tells you what the connection string is for an Attached table (where the table actually exists).

    You can read that property with the following code

    dim db as dao.database, td as dao.tabledef
    set db = currentdb 'using the current ms access database can be changed to access any database
    set td = db.tabledefs("nameofattachedtableintableslist")
    msgbox "The connect property is " & td.connect", vbokonly
    set td = nothing
    set db = nothing

    You can modify this value then call the refreshlink to progmatically change table attachments.
  7. KRITGuy

    KRITGuy New Member

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    Hi Chris,

    Yes, the documentation for MiddlewareSDK for ACT! by Sage 2008 is indeed rather thin. :)

    A proper version will be written in Spring. Thanks for your enthusiasm Chris. It is much appreciated.

    And for the valid criticism about the examples. But you have figured most of it out.

    As you know, the old version for Sage ACT! 2008 will always remain free.

    The newer version for Sage ACT! 2011 and up, will have a Developers License at a jolly reasonable price.

    There are exciting plans for MiddlewareSDK for Sage ACT! 2011+ and it will be fully documented in the near future.

    Comparing MiddlewareSDK to the SDK for Symantec ACT! (2004 and older) provides the insight that, effectively, being a "PlugIn" for use whilst ACT! is running, MiddlewareSDK is an "App Object".

    I have also developed a Database Object too. I call that ACTServerware.exe and it works when ACT! is not running.

    ACTServerware.exe works in a very similar manner. (Writing out instructions and then using a Control File)

    Importantly Chris, ACTServerware.exe will never be free. So again, like MiddlewareSDK for Sage ACT! 2011/2012, it will have a price-tag.

    So far, ACTServerware.exe has brought in about $25k in software development in the first year of coming into existence. I expect that figure to be at least ten times that in the second year of life. (I am an eternal optimist)

    Cheers again for your grand enthusiasm Chris.

    ~Kevin~ ( http://V8Software.com )
  8. The Helper

    The Helper Administrator Staff Member

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    I have done a full project on the QODBC and it is super powerful. I upgraded to the write version and now dreate Invoices and Purchase Orders in Quickbooks from MS Access. If anyone has any questions on accessing Quickbooks from Access or any other Office Product ask in this thread.

    Quickbooks QODBC Microsoft Access Connection Microsoft Office


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