Microsoft Access 97

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The Dashboard Designer provides the capability to connect to multiple types of SQL databases using the Data Source wizard. You can also use data access API to connect to the database and select the required data in code.

This tutorial describes how to establish a connection to a Microsoft Access database (97-2003) and select the required data.


The appropriate data provider must be installed on the client machine. For information on data providers, refer to the Data Sources article.

Creating a Data Source in the Data Source Wizard

To connect to the MS Access database in the Dashboard Designer, do the following steps.

  1. Click the New Data Source button in the Data Source ribbon tab.


  2. On the first page of the invoked Data Source Wizard dialog, select Database and click Next.


  3. On the next page, select the Microsoft Access 97 data provider and specify the required connection parameters.


    • Database

      Specifies the path to the database that contains the required data. To locate the database, click the ellipsis button next to the Database field.

    • User name

      Specifies the user name used to connect to the MS Access database.

    • Password

      Specifies the password used to connect to the MS Access database.

  4. After you have specified the required connection parameters, click Next and specify how to select data from the database.


    Run the Query Builder by clicking the Run Query Builder... button. The Query Builder allows you to choose the required tables/columns visually and passes the resulting SQL query to the SQL String editor. After you constructed the query in the Query Builder, the text of the generated query will be passed to the Data Source wizard.


    Click Finish to create the data source.


    If you applied filtering to this query and created the query parameter, you can click Next to specify the settings of the query parameter.

  5. On the final page, you can optionally add query parameters and preview data.


    Click Finish to create the data source.

Creating a Data Source in Code

To create a data source that uses a connection to the MS Access database, create the instance of the DashboardSqlDataSource class and perform the following steps.

  1. Specify connection parameters to the MS Access database. Create the Access97ConnectionParameters class object and specify the following properties.

    Assign the resulting Access97ConnectionParameters object to the SqlDataSource.ConnectionParameters property.


    As an alternative, you can add a connection string with required parameters to the application configuration file. Then, assign the connection string name to the SqlDataSource.ConnectionName property.

  2. Select the required data by specifying the query. You can do this in the following ways.

    • The SelectQuery object allows you to specify a set of tables/columns, which form a SELECT statement when executing a query.
    • The CustomSqlQuery object allows you to specify an SQL query manually.

    Add the created query to the SqlDataSource.Queries collection exposed by the DashboardSqlDataSource object.

  3. Add the created DashboardSqlDataSource object to the Dashboard.DataSources collection.

The following code snippet shows how to supply the dashboard with data from the MS Access Northwind database.

using DevExpress.DashboardCommon;
using DevExpress.DataAccess.ConnectionParameters;
using DevExpress.DataAccess.Sql;
// ...
            Access97ConnectionParameters access97Params = new Access97ConnectionParameters();
            access97Params.FileName = @"..\..\Data\nwind.mdb";
            access97Params.UserName = "Admin";
            access97Params.Password = "password";

            DashboardSqlDataSource sqlDataSource = new DashboardSqlDataSource("Data Source 1", access97Params);
            SelectQuery selectQuery = SelectQueryFluentBuilder
                .SelectColumns("CategoryName", "Extended Price")
                .Build("Query 1");