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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2010

    Reading text file to the database

    I have a text file that need to be read to database. now i can read the text file to database. But my problem is the text file will be in the specific folder. so i must get the folder first then read the text file. it is a automatic process when i run the program it will read the text file to database. this is my code so far:

    Dim blnConnect As Boolean
    Const BIF_RETURNONLYFSDIRS = &H1      'Only file system directories
    Const MAX_PATH = 260
    Private Declare Sub CoTaskMemFree Lib "ole32.dll" (ByVal hMem As Long)
    Private Declare Function lstrcat Lib "KERNEL32" Alias "lstrcatA" (ByVal lpString1 As String, ByVal lpString2 As String) As Long
    'Private Declare Function SHBrowseForFolder Lib "shell32" (lpbi As BrowseInfo) As Long
    Private Declare Function SHGetPathFromIDList Lib "shell32" (ByVal pidList As Long, ByVal lpBuffer As String) As Long
    Dim FN As Long
    Private name1 As String
    Private MyPath As String
    Dim strFileName As String
    Dim strLogPath As String
    Dim strField() As String
    Dim intFileNum As Double
    Dim f_year As String
    Dim f_day As String
    Dim f_day_month As String
    Dim new_date As String
    Private Sub cmdImport_Click()
    Dim cn As ADODB.Connection
    Dim rs As New ADODB.Recordset
    Dim strSQL As String
    Dim Data(11) As String
    Dim Fields As Integer
    Dim InFile As Integer
        Dim InLine As String
     InFile = FreeFile
    Open App.Path & "\X65_Rectifier_UK_100110_Cav1.txt" For Input As #InFile
      If Not EOF(InFile) Then
            Line Input #InFile, InLine
        End If
    While Not EOF(InFile)
            Line Input #InFile, InLine
    Data(0) = Mid(InLine, 1, 10)
         Data(1) = Mid(InLine, 26, 9)
         Data(2) = Mid(InLine, 51, 10)
         Data(3) = Mid(InLine, 76, 8)
         Data(4) = Mid(InLine, 101, 12)
          Data(5) = Mid(InLine, 126, 17)
          Data(6) = Mid(InLine, 151, 23)
          Data(7) = Mid(InLine, 176, 20)
          Data(8) = Mid(InLine, 201, 21)
          Data(9) = Mid(InLine, 226, 23)
          Data(10) = Mid(InLine, 251, 20)
          Data(11) = Mid(InLine, 276, 6)
          Fields = UBound(Data())
     strSQL = "Insert into tb_X65 (date_test,time_test,test_time,varient,serial_no,pre_power_up,input_current_rms,output_voltage,load_off_current,discharge_voltage,discharge_time,status) " & _
            "VALUES   ('" & Format(Data(0), "m/d/yyyy") & "', " & _
                                "'" & Format(Data(1), "hh:mm") & "', " & _
                                 "'" & Data(2) & "', " & _
                                 "'" & Data(3) & "', " & _
                                 "'" & Data(4) & "', " & _
                                 "'" & Data(5) & "', " & _
                                 "'" & Data(6) & "', " & _
                                 "'" & Data(7) & "', " & _
                                 "'" & Data(8) & "', " & _
                                 "'" & Data(9) & "', " & _
                                 "'" & Data(10) & "', " & _
                               "' " & Data(11) & "')"
                 my_db1.Execute strSQL
        Close #InFile
    end sub
    Private Sub Form_Load()
    Call DatabaseConn2
    today_date = Format(Now, "ddMMyyyy")
    Call Timer1_Timer
    end sub
    Private Sub Timer1_Timer()
    End Sub
    Public my_db1 As New ADODB.Connection
    Public Sub DatabaseConn2()
        Set my_db1 = New ADODB.Connection
        my_db1.ConnectionString = "driver={SQL Server};" & _
        my_db1.CursorLocation = adUseClient
        my_db1.ConnectionTimeout = 0
        my_db1.CommandTimeout = 0
    End Sub
    I keep the folder path in config.ini file. Now i want to call the path in form loading. something like this
    InFile = FreeFile
    'Open App.Path & "\config.ini" For Input As InFile
      'If Not EOF(InFile) Then
           ' Line Input #InFile, InLine
       ' End If
    but im not sure about this can any one help me? i attach my text file

    In side config.ini file will be like this:C:\X65_Rectifier_Test_Software
    Attached Files Attached Files
    Last edited by HanneSThEGreaT; February 19th, 2010 at 12:35 AM. Reason: Code Tags!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2001
    Sunny South Africa

    Re: Reading text file to the database

    Welcome to the forums!

    Please remember when posting code, you have to place it inside [CODE] and [/CODE] Tags.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2006

    Re: Reading text file to the database

    You can use the API function GetPrivateProfileString to read a named entry from an .ini file.
    You find detailed descriptions here:

    You declare the function GetPrivateProfileSring and then call it to read a certain string which contains your path name from the ini file.
    You can read the examples how to use this function. If you don't get along with the usage, we surely can help.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Feb 2010

    Re: Reading text file to the database

    Hai WoF,

    You mean declare the function GetPrivateProfileSring like how i declare other function is it?

    But after that i dont know how to call that function to read text file from specifie folder? Can you help me? Thank you

  5. #5
    DataMiser is offline Super Moderator Power Poster
    Join Date
    Jul 2008

    Re: Reading text file to the database

    There should be lots of samples on the net but if you only need the one value set in the file you could use a plain text file and use the line input method to read the path from the file as well.

  6. #6
    DataMiser is offline Super Moderator Power Poster
    Join Date
    Jul 2008

    Re: Reading text file to the database

    For Example using the bit of code you provided.

    Open App.Path & "\config.txt" For Input As InFile
    If Not EOF(InFile) Then        
        Line Input #InFile, DataFilePathName
        'Nothing in file
    End If
    close #InFile
    Assuming the first line of your file contains the full path/filename and that you call this before you attempt to read the main data file you should be fine.

    That said it is good to know how to use the INI Read/Write functions as they can come in quite handy from time to time.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jul 2006

    Re: Reading text file to the database

    Look at the sample code at the link I provided. This is how to declare the function and how to write a small wrapping function to simplify the use of it.
    Private Declare Function GetPrivateProfileString Lib "kernel32" Alias "GetPrivateProfileStringA" ( _
      ByVal lpApplicationName As String, ByVal lpKeyName As Any, _
      ByVal lpDefault As String, ByVal lpReturnedString As String, _
      ByVal nSize As Long, ByVal lpFileName As String _
    ) As Long
    Public Function ReadIni(Filename As String, Section As String, Key As String) As String
      Dim RetVal As String * 255, v As Long
      v = GetPrivateProfileString(Section, Key, "", RetVal, 255, Filename)
      ReadIni = Left(RetVal, v - 1)
    End Function
    What you do then is:
      MyPath = ReadIni(app.path & "\config.ini","SectionName", "ThePath")
    "Section name is the name of the section of the inifile. Sections are the names in [].
    "ThePath" must be the string which identifies the line like


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