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October 28, 2005 • Vol.27 Issue 43
Page(s) 23 in print issue

This week I gave a couple of sessions and a day-long ADO.NET workshop at VSLive in Orlando. These trips give me a chance to get away from the office and out into the real world. I find it essential to hear about the problems faced by developers working with the old, the new, the borrowed, and the blown technologies. Along the way I eat and visit with as many different groups of people as possible, as well as network with the other speakers. We trade stories and solutions and try to get a better understanding of what we should be telling our customers.

Ah, no. You can't pass an array to an IN clause--especially not with a JET database. You can't really pass an array to any procedure in JET or SQL Server. There is no corresponding type that's an array. There are ways to address the "IN" clause issue but they require creating an ad hoc query on the fly and populating it with the arguments. This is dangerous as it can lead to SQL injection attacks. In SQL Server you can pass a delimited string and parse it with a function (returning a Table) and use that with an IN clause, but this is not an option with JET.
I suggest asking technical questions on the Microsoft newsgroups. You'll get better response time...
I apologize for cross posting, this is just driving me crazy. I have been
beating myself up all day trying to find one good example of adArray as part
of a parameter. I went this route.

Sub Test1()
dim cn as new adodb.Connection
dim s$
s = "Provider=Microsoft.Jet.OleDb.4.0; Data Source = somefile.mdb;"
cn.Open s

dim cmd as new adodb.Command
with cmd
..ActiveConnection = cn
.CommandText = "SELECT CompanyName From [Names] WHERE NameType IN ?"
.CommandType = adCmdText
End With

Dim ax() As String
ReDim ax(1) As String
ax(0) = "Member"
ax(1) = "Exhibitor"

With prm1
.Type = 8392 'Errors right about here, I want the Array ( ax() in
this example ) to provide the parameter values for an SQL IN Clause
.Direction = adParamInput
.Size = 20
.Value = ax()
End With

cmd.Parameters.Append prm1

Dim rs As New ADODB.Recordset
rs.Open cmd, , adOpenStatic, adLockPessimistic

Debug.Print rs.RecordCount

rs.Close
Set rs = Nothing

cn.Close
Set cn = Nothing

End Sub

I have also tried cmd.Parameters.Append cmd.CreateParameter(, adArray or
adVarChar, adParamInput, 20, az()). I get an error saying wrong type of
arguments. I have tried just about possible DataType in the Array, Also
tried adVarray + adVarChar, still doen't worh right.

Any ideas? If you see anything obvious or any suggestions to try it a
different way, please let me know. Thank you to all whom reply.

Regards,

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I wouldn't normally recommend subscribing to an aggregate feed, but I'm giving vbfeeds a try (via Bill...
These issues have all been repaired in the current builds. In the September CTP the fix is to use fixed-pitch fonts. In the earlier CTPs if you ALT right-click on the menu, the keyboard should unlock.
I didn't get really the solution. can you explain more please?
That's just what I'm saying. I downloaded the R&R program from the Lenovo site and use it to save an image of my T40 drive. It's persisted to a large USB 2.0 hard drive. WARNING: R&R formats the drive on first use. After that you can boot from the drive and choose the image you want. Note that these are not really images in the binary sense. They are composite backups. This means you can still choose an image to restore but you have to keep all previous backups as these are used to create the restored image later. I find this program fast and safe--and more importantly, it works where Ghost does not (in this case). No, I have not tried the new Ghost 10. I'm probably not going to stay with Ghost (or Symantec) because their support people (in India or Whoknowswhereistan) are, well... unacceptable.
Are you saying there is no way for me to Disk-To-Disk two hard drives using Ghost for my IBM Thinkpad X30? Ive tried it 6 times now with different configs and I cant get the new drive to boot. Im trying the Seagate Momentus 5400.2 100gb and the Hitachi 7500rpm 60gb. So... I have to use my network to do all this? How did you get the IBM Rescue and Recover to reconnect and restore the original data that was backed up?

Bradley
From what I hear about the Office 12 UI makeover, it appears to me that the "new kids" have taken over the asylum. (For better or worse.)

--rj
Ah, the batteries are not the problem. It's the accessories that go with them. No, I have not found any more flashlights for them. It's too bad the flashlights that were available were so shoddy that they didn't last but a few years. They all failed the same way.
Bill,
VERSAPAK batteries are still available many places (Home Depot, Lowe's, Best's, Amazon--prices all the way from $19 down to $7, depending on whether gold or silver).

I am interested in trying to locate the
flashlights (new/used) and having much difficulty.

I am new to your Blog, Bill. Would like to hear more.

Gary
Again - it's hard to argue b/c I fundamentally agree with your conclusion. No bid contracts have and always will be a huge grease off for political cronies. The cruise ship stuff is absolutely unreal. The even worse one is the building of trailers (mobile homes) that won't even be ready for another year - and is only going to cause the same problems that plague housing projects to plague these places. There's soooo much wrong here it's sick - I just happen to think that it's both parties and both parties friends that are getting rich off of it.

As far as Kyoto - you have to give Bush a pass on that one though bill. 95-0 in the Senate - 95-0 means ratification was dead before it was even breathing. When Clinton signed it, he knew that it had 0 chance of passing the Senate or getting approved and was particularly uncool b/c he played the "Look, I'm a good guy, it's this awful Senate that's the problem here" card. However I'd be willing to bet big on this, if India and China were also subject to it - it'd probably have a decent chance of passing. Then again, look at Europe - although it's been ratified in most contries in the recent past, it's being phased in mighty slowwwwwly and for most of the years they were yelling about how evil we Americans were for not signing it, they hadn't done squat other than pay lip service to it.

On a brighter note though - i heard this morning on Right Wing NPR (Wall Street Jounal Mornings on XM) that California is giving out HUGE tax incentives for energy efficient homes, buildings and vehicles. I suspect this will be the beginning of a much larger trend and if govt finally puts its money where it's mouth is - then we might actually start losing some of our dependence on oil and the corrupt aholes that run oil producing countries (and the corrupt aholes here in our country that run them).
Bill: You know I got nothing but respect for you man, but I think you're off here. And I'm not disagreeing with your conclusion, it's just the premise that I don't buy. [And although I'm loathe to defend Bush, Ken Lay had just as many friends on the Dems side as the Republicans as do most of the oil barons. The energy companies (and the Saudi's for that matter) are quite cozy with whoever is in power in Washington - that's not something reserved just for Bush). But to the point about elevated sea levels... (please tell me you aren't citing the same NPR that my parents used to listen.. that told me when I was a kid that we were going to die of overpopulation a la Erlich, or that we were going to freeze b/c the atmosphere was being depleted. It was Global Winter back then. NPR, at least for my lifetime has always had some fetish with Atmospheric catastrophes).


Being a native Miami boy, I had quite a bit of experience with Hurricanes and we actually learned quite a bit about them in elementary school. If you check out www.nhc.noaa.gov/pastdec.shtml? you'll see that from 1941-50 there were 24 big hurricanes 10 of which were category 3 and above. 92 major hurricanes have hit the states since we've been a country, and and 61 of them were before 1950... that's roughly 2/3 of them.

I'm in no way saying we don't waste too much energy as a country. I'm not making any commentary on Halliburton or the war. I'm simply saying that back in the 70's when I was a kid, I learned about the hurricane cycle which and if I remember correctly, it's typically 20-40 year patterns of accelerated activity and then relative remission for approximately the same time period. My parents have a high rise condo right on the water in Miami, and have had it for my entire life. No hurricane caused one penny's worth of damage there and I'll be dead and gone by the time one does in all likelihood.

There's enough real stuff to blame Bush for - causing this hurricane is not one of them and any future ones won't be caused by us.

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