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Re: Step 1 with Visual Basic

From: "Bret Fledderjohn" <freelancer317(at)gmail(dot)com>
To: Gary <sql(at)4myad(dot)tv>
Cc: pgsql-novice(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Step 1 with Visual Basic
Date: 2008-06-18 00:19:54
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2008/6/17 Gary <sql(at)4myad(dot)tv>:

>  Richard Broersma wrote:
>
> On Tue, Jun 17, 2008 at 1:00 PM, Gary <sql(at)4myad(dot)tv> <sql(at)4myad(dot)tv> wrote:
>
>  1.  I'm clicking on Reply.  Is this only going to you and if so should I be
> doing something different?
>
>  Ya.  Reply-All is for the benifit of the whole PostgreSQL Community.
> This way others listening in can benifit from the discussion and
> people more experienced or smarter that I can chime in to correct my
> mis-information :o) .  Also the answer is posted to the PostgreSQL
> Archieves.  This way the answers are stored for others to research
> later.
>
>  2. I know the username and password of the database, nothing else.  When I
> first installed the application, I have a vague memory of doing something
> and getting "dos looking" window with a prompt.  I believe I had to enter /q
> to exit.  I don't remember what I did to get that far.
>
>  these should fill in the missing details
> http://www.connectionstrings.com/?carrier=postgresql about connection strings
> http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms807027.aspx about connection.open
> http://support.sas.com/documentation/tools/oledb/rr_sqliomshare.htm
>
>    3. I understand about 50% of your example.  I need to back up to the
> beginning.  Where do I look for "SQL for Dummies?"
>
>      Well, I think there are too many SQL dummies out there, so I would
> recommend this book instead ;) :
> http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/bookdescription.cws_home/706077/description#description
>
>    Sorry to be such a pest.  If I could understand these documents I
> probably wouldn't have to read them.  I've been zipping around the net
> reading docs but nowhere do they start at the beginning.
>
> I've rediscovered how to start the interactive terminal and even listed the
> commands.  Might as well be in Chinese.
>
>
>
>
> I've searched and Googled but I don't know the jargon and can't get close
> to the right topic.
>
> Seems like step 1 might be to determine the names of the data fields in the
> database. (tables & ?).  How do I do that?
>
> Is there a newsgroup with "training wheels"?
>


I found this to be a GREAT resource for learning SQL:  The Practical SQL
Handbook ... here's a link to Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/Practical-SQL-Handbook-Using-Variants/dp/0201703092/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1213748053&sr=8-1

-Bret




Thanks,






-- 
- Bret

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