Create One File to Store Connection Information for All DAPs in an Application
You have many DAPs that all use the same data source. The data source’s name and location are subject to change; for example, the pages point to a sample data source when you’re working on their design and to a production data source when you deploy them. But if you move the data source to a different folder or change the name of the data source, the links your DAPs use will probably break. You’d like to be able to change the data source in one place, rather than making the change on every page.
In Access 2002, you can use a
connection file, rather than a hardcoded string, to define the source
of the data for each page. Microsoft provides two types of files for
storing data connection information: Microsoft Data Link (also called
Universal Data Link, or
.udl) files, and Office
Data Connection (
.odc) files. You can create a
data connection file that points to the test data, create and test
your pages, and then switch to live data by editing the data
.odc files store an ADO connection string.
We’ll walk you through the steps to create and edit each type
of file, and then talk about how to reference a connection file in
.udl format has
been around longer, so we’ll discuss it first. A
.udl file is a text file that stores the same provider and data source information you would use to set up an ADO connection. To create a ...