Setting the simple Recordset dialog box options

Setting the simple Recordset dialog box options

This dialog box defines a recordset as a source of dynamic content without you having to hand code SQL statements.

Setting the simple Recordset dialog box options:

  1. In the Name text box, enter a name for the recordset.

    A common practice is to add the prefix rs to recordset names to distinguish them from other object names in the code. For example: rsPressReleases

    Note that recordset names can only contain letters, numbers, and the underscore character (_). You cannot use special characters or spaces.

  2. Select a connection from the Connection pop-up menu.

    If no connection appears in the list, click Define to create one.

  3. In the Table pop-up menu, select the database table that will provide data to the recordset.

    The pop-up menu displays all tables in the specified database.

  4. To include only some of the table’s columns in the recordset, click Selected and choose the desired columns by Control-clicking (Windows) or Command-clicking (Macintosh) them in the list.
  5. To include only some of the table’s records, complete the Filter section as follows:
    • From the first pop-up menu, select a column in the database table to compare against a test value you define.
    • From the second pop-up menu, select a conditional expression to compare the selected value in each record against the test value.
    • From the third pop-up menu, select Entered Value.
    • In the text box, enter the test value.

    If the specified value in a record meets your filtering condition, the record is includedthe recordset.

  6. If you want the records to be sorted, select a column to sort by, and then specify whether the records should be sorted in ascending order (1, 2, 3... or A, B, C...) or descending order.
  7. Click Test to connect to the database and create an instance of the data source.

    A table appears displaying the returned data. Each row contains a record and each column represents a field in that record. Click OK to close the data source.

  8. Click OK.

    The newly defined recordset appears in the Bindings panel.

Related topics

  • Creating a recordset without writing SQL
  • Creating an advanced recordset by writing SQL
  • Beginner’s Guide to Databases

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