Entering data and updating forms
Check with your DBA first before saving this file as unauthorized access to these files can mean the breach of your login credentials.Give the connection a friendly name - mine is called 'Test Connection'.NET) with built-in support for native SQL Server connections to local or remote servers. So now I'm beginning to panic - when I do play with software development outside the context of the BI stack, it's normally in Python, TKinter, R, Matlab and other assorted tooling to work on projects completely unrelated to databases (I don't dream in SQL! In this tip, I'm using Microsoft Info Path 2013 with SQL Server 2008 Standard Edition.Once I gathered a little more information, I realized this wasn't to be the solution - this system both needed to be centralized (via Share Point), easy-to-use via a web browser with an uncluttered interface, Screen Tips (help on mouse-over), options to add client-side validation, server-side validation in the future, ensure supportability (so no obscure VBA code) - oh, and with great aesthetics too. Some preparation - in this demonstration, I will be reading and writing data to and from the same table, dbo.Controls are dynamic objects in Info Path that need to be bound. Thus, one control is (in our example) necessary for each field we want to display. This Section is a section of form that will contain controls, and that will display data from a record (row) in the database table.Click the 'Section' button in the 'Controls' section of the Home tab in the Ribbon.When you create the form, the Data Connections Wizard will be displayed automatically.Begin by clicking 'Select Database', then 'New Source': Now select the msst_test database from the drop-down menu.
Assuming that the solution is to be built without code, what options are available?Now click Manage Data Connections in the bottom-right of the form window, under 'Fields'.You'll see the connection listed there - click Modify... In this window, click the 'Enable submit for this connection' checkbox to fill it, then Finish and Close. We now have a basic working connection to SQL Server and a blank form to play with. In the same manner as you would in Word, create a title by typing near the top of the page.This stopped me in my tracks; this isn't a DBA activity, nor something that a regular BI developer would do. It's a middleware layer, not something your everyday John Q.User would need to know about, let alone interact with?