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New to Drumbeat - database problems!

New to Drumbeat - database problems!

New to Drumbeat - database problems!

OK, we've had Drumbeat 2000 for 2 yers and I've only just gotten around to it.  On top of that, I normally use macs so I'm not used to the PC way of working.

I'm setting up an e-commerce site - at the moment I don't have a database of products to start the site.  I tried to open the Access one supplied with Drumbeat, but couldn't.  I have set up a test database on EXCEL, but can't get the SQL wizard to see it.

I normally use Filmaker on the mac - should I get the pc version and use that?

Sorry if I'm being thick!


RE: New to Drumbeat - database problems!

In most cases Drumbeat requires you to set up a DSN on your machine in order to connect to the database.  It's especially important for those connections that you intend to be able to use live data when doing your designing.  Try setting up your database (or the drumbeat demo database) as a ODBC datasource on your computer.  Drumbeat should have tried to do this on its own during installation, but perhaps it did not.

RE: New to Drumbeat - database problems!

You should start with something easy like Microsoft Access.  Place it on your personal web server or web server.  Create some dummy tables with a few columns in each.  Create a DSN on your machine or both if you are using a remote server.  Then open Drumbeat.  Click on add assts folder, then queries.  You will then select your dsn and you will see your tables.  You generate your queries right in the window below that.  Save the queries and create content tables.  Then you can go to Insert, dataform and automatically generate your forms.  

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