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Professional Access 2013 Programming by Dagi Yudovich, George Hepworth, Ben Clothier, Teresa Hennig

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11

Connecting to Your Web App

WHAT'S IN THIS CHAPTER?

  • Discovering and acquiring connection details
  • Creating a connected Access desktop database
  • Managing connections
  • Using Excel to connect to the database
  • Using SQL Server Management Studio to connect to the database

WROX.COM DOWNLOADS FOR THIS CHAPTER

The code and sample downloads for this chapter are found at www.wiley.com/go/proaccess2013prog.com on the Download Code tab. They are in the Chapter 11 download and individually named according to the filenames listed throughout the chapter. The app packages for the web apps in this chapter are called Maid to Order and Maid to Order Customer.

In this chapter, you learn about using other tools to enrich the web app you've developed. In preceding chapters, you've seen how the new approach to web app design enables you to build a rich and beautiful CRUD application, but you know that Access applications are not always simply CRUD applications. Microsoft recognizes the need to work with data beyond simple CRUD and has incorporated a built-in mechanism in web apps to allow you to not only use traditional Access desktop databases against the web app's database but also to use Excel, SQL Server Management Studio, and any other tool where ODBC connections are supported.

You start by learning how to get all the connection details you need to complete an ODBC connection string, after which you will learn how to use that string to connect to different ODBC clients.

After that, you will look ...

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