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How To Use RDO and ODBC Text Driver to Open a Delimited Text

This article was previously published under Q187670
RDO may be used with the ODBC Text driver to open and browse a delimitedtext file.
The Text ODBC driver relies on the Microsoft Jet 32-bit IISAM driver(MSText35.dll) that provides the services required for accessing textfiles. You can either link/attach to a Microsoft Access database ordirectly open text files. Because RDO must use Jet to access the text file,you will incur the additional overhead associated with loading Jet.

NOTE: This requires a Schema.ini file in the same path as the delimitedtext file. You must change the columns in the Schema.ini file to correspondto your delimited file. Also, you must change the path in the connectstring to the correct path for your file.

To create a schema.ini file, use a simple text editor such as Notepad.Below are the schema.ini entries for the SAMPLE2.TXT file listed at thebottom of this article:
   [SAMPLE2.TXT]   ColNameHeader = False   Format = CSVDelimited   CharacterSet = ANSI   Col1=ProductID short   Col2=ProductName char width 30   Col3=QuantityPerUnit char width 30   Col4=UnitPrice currency   Col5=Discontinued bit				

For more information on Schema.ini, see the REFERENCES section of thisarticle.

Step-by-Step Example

  1. Open Visual Basic, and create a new Project. Form1 is created by default.
  2. Set a reference to Microsoft Remote Data Object 2.0 with the Project-References menu selection.
  3. Paste the following code in the Form-Load event:
          Dim cn As New RDO.rdoConnection      Dim en As RDO.rdoEnvironment      Dim rs As RDO.rdoResultset      Dim fld As RDO.rdoColumn      Set en = rdoEngine.rdoEnvironments(0)      With cn          .CursorDriver = rdUseOdbc          'The DBQ parameter below, is the path to your          'Comma Delimited file(s). You may open multiple files          'on the same connection in this path.          .Connect = "DRIVER={Microsoft Text Driver (*.txt;" & _                  " *.csv)};DBQ=E:\Samples\Text\CommaDelimited;"          .EstablishConnection rdDriverNoPrompt, False      End With      'Jet uses '.' internally as an identifier for table names,      'such as database.table. Jet eliminates ambiguity by mapping '#'      'as the delimiter for external files.      Set rs = cn.OpenResultset("select * from [sample2#txt]")      While Not rs.EOF          For Each fld In rs.rdoColumns              Debug.Print fld.Name & "=" & fld.Value          Next fld          rs.MoveNext      Wend						
NOTE: In the example above, DBQ is not a valid parameter of the RemoteDatacontrol or the rdoConnection object's Connect property. It is supported bythe Microsoft Jet database engine, and not by the ODBC driver.

You could copy and paste the following delimited file example into Notepadand save it as Sample2.txt. You could then modify the DBQ path, above, topoint to the comma delimited file Sample2.txt.

1,Chai,10 boxes x 20 bags,$18.00,False
2,Chang,24 - 12 oz bottles,$19.00,False
3,Aniseed Syrup,12 - 550 ml bottles,$10.00,False
4,Chef Anton's Cajun Seasoning,48 - 6 oz jars,$22.00,False
5,Chef Anton's Gumbo Mix,36 boxes,$21.35,True
6,Grandma's Boysenberry Spread,12 - 8 oz jars,$25.00,False
7,Uncle Bob's Organic Dried Pears,12 - 1 lb pkgs.,$30.00,False

(This will give you seven records to test with in the sample code.)

NOTE: Make sure when you paste it in Notepad that you do not leave anyblank lines at the top of the file.

You may choose an alternative to the comma delimiter by indicating thedelimiter in the Schema.ini file e.g. Format = Delimited(*). You can useany character for the delimiter except the double (") quotation mark.

This same technique can be applied to fixed-width files by indicating'FixedLength' for the Format, such as Format = FixedLength.


"Working with Text Files", MSDN

"Using DAO to Connect to ODBC Data Sources", MSDN.

"RDO Compared to Microsoft Jet/DAO", MSDN.

"Text Data Source Initialization Settings", MSDN.

"External ISAM Driver Components", MSDN.

"Understanding Schema.ini Files", MSDN.

For additional information, please see the following article in theMicrosoft Knowledge Base:
155512 : ACC: How to Create a Schema.ini File Programmatically.

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Article ID: 187670 - Last Review: 07/13/2004 14:57:00 - Revision: 1.2

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