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Reading from ms Access

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I am new to using perl and am trying to read data from an ms access database.
I have opened the database and can extract data from a table with limited success.
What I have done so far is open the database using
use Win32::ODBC;

Then I have the following code:
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  1. #while ($db->FetchRow())  { 
  2.   while ($i<10) {
  3.   $db->FetchRow() ;
  4.     my %Data = $db->DataHash();
  5.     print $i," ",$Data{Au_plot},"," ;
  6.     print $Data{Cu},"," ;
  7.     print $Data{Zn},"," ;
  8.     print $Data{Pb};
  9.   $i++;
  10.   print "\n";
  11. }
This works ok as the first 10 rows are extracted from the table I have selected.
But when I use
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  1. while ($db->FetchRow())  { 
  3. instead of
  4. while ($i<10) {
the first record extracted is number 2 in the table and from then on only every second record is extracted form the table.

Could someone tell me what is going on please?
Dec 11 '08 #1
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First, please use code tags around any code you provide in the forums. They are required and need to be added if you forget them.

As far as your questions goes, I don't use MS Access. I like to stick to MySQL myself, but in Perl, when you access a database, you typically use the DBI module in conjunction with a DBD (database driver module). For instance, you always "use DBI", but if I am using MySQL, I would also include "use DBD::mysql" as well so that DBI knew how to interact with my database of choice.

In your case, its MS Access and unfortunately I don't think there is specifically a driver for it, but I know that I have read about people using DBD::ODBC for the interaction. You could give it a try and see if it works for you. I know MS Access is mentioned on the page.

In addition, you may want to search Google as I am sure they have a plethora of information on the topic of using Perl with MS Access.


Dec 11 '08 #2

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