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Looking for ways to automate part-number classifying

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ve built various web apps using Frontpage and/or ASP and Access, but
now I'm trying to figure a way to do the following:

My friend gets parts lists in invoices (they are in an excel
spreadsheet) that he has to classify as a certain type: eg. part
number 111-111-111 is type R9, and part 222-222-222 is type 486, etc.

we have a database that is not quite complete, but contains most of
these classifications.

currently, I have him copy the column of parts from the invoice and
save as an excel spreadsheet in a pre-determined place with a
pre-determined name, let's call it "load.xls"

since load.xls is linked in an access query to the d/b of parts
classifications, he just runs a macro that runs the query and exports
it to another spreadsheet, we'll call it "unload.xls"

Now he has a spreadsheet with the partnumbers in one column, and the
classifications in the second column.

he copies the classifications column and pastes it into a new column
next to the original invoice and then sends it along to someone else
for further processing.

I'm trying to see if I can simplify this by perhaps allowing him to
paste it into a web application that will sort of do this in an easier
way, but I'm not sure of the approach to take. Allowing him to be
able to update or edit the database on the fly would also be great, so
if need be, he can add to the d/b or update it on the fly.

Looking for ideas in ASP and/or Access or ASP.net, co i'm cross
posting this to 3 different newsgroups....thanks if you have any ideas
on an approach to take.

Larry
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Nov 13 '05 #1
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Well, I guess I would do it in Excel instead.

The goal is to add a VLOOKUP() function into the invoices files that
look up the right classification from your classifications file, and
saves the file into a new directory.

You could get fancy and add a custom document property to the file, also.

The advantage of this is that assuming you've used UNC file names, and
the people using the invoice files have read access to the
classification spreadsheet, as you update the classification
spreadsheet, any changes/updates/additions are just an F9 away...

-Corey Lawson

Larry Rekow wrote:
ve built various web apps using Frontpage and/or ASP and Access, but
now I'm trying to figure a way to do the following:

My friend gets parts lists in invoices (they are in an excel
spreadsheet) that he has to classify as a certain type: eg. part
number 111-111-111 is type R9, and part 222-222-222 is type 486, etc.

we have a database that is not quite complete, but contains most of
these classifications.

currently, I have him copy the column of parts from the invoice and
save as an excel spreadsheet in a pre-determined place with a
pre-determined name, let's call it "load.xls"

since load.xls is linked in an access query to the d/b of parts
classifications, he just runs a macro that runs the query and exports
it to another spreadsheet, we'll call it "unload.xls"

Now he has a spreadsheet with the partnumbers in one column, and the
classifications in the second column.

he copies the classifications column and pastes it into a new column
next to the original invoice and then sends it along to someone else
for further processing.

I'm trying to see if I can simplify this by perhaps allowing him to
paste it into a web application that will sort of do this in an easier
way, but I'm not sure of the approach to take. Allowing him to be
able to update or edit the database on the fly would also be great, so
if need be, he can add to the d/b or update it on the fly.

Looking for ideas in ASP and/or Access or ASP.net, co i'm cross
posting this to 3 different newsgroups....thanks if you have any ideas
on an approach to take.

Larry
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"Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown."

Nov 13 '05 #2

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