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Last post 06-11-2009 02:33 PM by Patrick Halstead. 1 replies.
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  • 06-11-2009 02:08 PM

    • gramos
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    Create a Main Connection?

    I created my form using a Blank Form, everything is working now, but I realized I have to update a data in a table (SQL Server Database) when submiting the form, how can I create the Main Connection in the Data connections? By doing this i can relate my form to a table.

    Is there another way to update a table without the Main Connection?

    Any help is appreciated.



  • 06-11-2009 02:33 PM In reply to

    Re: Create a Main Connection?

    Hi Gaby,

    Well, this is the first reason behind why we developed our Qdabra Database Accelerator (DBXL) - free download available. Using InfoPath, you can't just add a Main Data Connection after the fact. However, using InfoPath + DBXL, you can do this by specifying a mapping between the data source in your form and your database. It's a best practice to have loosely coupled forms and databases anyway since changes to the database require changes to the form and vice versa when you have a "tight coupling". Loose couplings let you change one or the other without breaking the submit process.

    Tom's 10 minute video describes how this works:

    You can recreate your form from scratch and bind it to SQL but whenever something changes, you may have issues. Best to use a Web Service. That's the best practice.

    Patrick Halstead
    Project Manager at Qdabra
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