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I know that .NET needs atleast Access 2000 for any Access database stuff.
But does the framework need all Office 2000 products or more recent. Or can
I use for example Excel 2000 to output some reports? Anyone help?

Thanks,
Derek
Nov 20 '05 #1
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to do "access stuff" you don't need anything but the jet db engine which is
free to download on the ms website...doesn't matter if you're programming w/
..net, c++, c#, or vb6. however, i think you'd be much happier using msde,
also downloadable from ms...unless you just like performance limitations.
;^ )

hth,

steve
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I know that .NET needs atleast Access 2000 for any Access database stuff.
But does the framework need all Office 2000 products or more recent. Or can I use for example Excel 2000 to output some reports? Anyone help?

Thanks,
Derek

Nov 20 '05 #2

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Following up on Steves comments real quick, no you do'nt need anythign
special, just JET 4.0..

Be warned, Access sucks royally in .NET, I think that was self manifested by
microsoft to switch people over to MSDE or SQL 2k (which is fast as hell).

I ran an application using an Access back end and had to start writing it
asynchronously because it was that slow (plus a couple hundred thousand
records).
Finally just switched to SQL Server...

As far as office goes, you can run any versoin you want that exposes COM
servers. Which all of them do (well, its not like we are getting into
Office 95 or anything), but you can access all of them and do as you wish
with them.

But to have the COM servers installed, you either have office installed
(whichever version) or you have the office development stuff...
"steve" <as*@abc.com> wrote in message
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to do "access stuff" you don't need anything but the jet db engine which is free to download on the ms website...doesn't matter if you're programming w/ .net, c++, c#, or vb6. however, i think you'd be much happier using msde,
also downloadable from ms...unless you just like performance limitations.
;^ )

hth,

steve
"D. Kennedy" <dk******@phpni.com> wrote in message
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I know that .NET needs atleast Access 2000 for any Access database stuff. But does the framework need all Office 2000 products or more recent. Or

can
I use for example Excel 2000 to output some reports? Anyone help?

Thanks,
Derek


Nov 20 '05 #3

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Hi Derek,

You can automate Office 2000 from within .NET. Simply add a reference to
the relevant COM component. Then do the appropriate Imports. I've got an app
which is quite happy using Outlook 2000. Intellisense will tell you what
objects, methods, etc are available, as normal, but it won't be as
descriptive.

Regards,
Fergus
MVP [Windows Start button, Shutdown dialogue]
Nov 20 '05 #4

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