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Query FMP 7 Database with VB.NET


Jason Vetter
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Hi,

I am new to FileMaker but am an experienced VB.NET/VB/ASP/SQL Server Developer.

I am now working for a University where we have many FileMaker databases of varying versions from 5.5 to 7.

I am trying to figure out how to query a version 7 database from VB.NET.

I have read that I must do it via ODBC. So, I have installed the Version ODBC driver that I got from FileMaker's website.

When I go to create a System DSN, these are my only two FileMaker related options:

FileMaker Text Driver (*.*)

FileMaker Oracle8 Driver

Using the Text driver, it only asks for a directory and not a specific .fp7 file.

Can someone point me in the right direction to get me started?

Many thanks in advance!

Jason

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ODBC is not your only choice. You may get better results through www.fmDotNet.org (a true .NET 2.0 class that uses FM's XML publishing).

If you really want to use ODBC:

You're not seeing the FM ODBC drivers because FM uses a 3rd party company to provide them. What you're looking for is the DataDirect SequeLink 5.4 drivers.

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Okay. I have downloaded that but Im not yet sure if it will work as the database im working with is not setup to be web enabled.

I do have that 3rd party ODBC driver now but cannot seem to get that to work.

Must my database be a server edition of FileMaker?

My copy is not a server version and im not accessing it thru a web page.

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