Use XML files with MS Access
The eXtensible Markup Language, XML, is a simple text-based language with which some tags are created in a regular text-based document.
The document can be created using any regular text editor such as Notepad in Microsoft Windows.
The document must be saved as a computer file with the .xml extension. Once the document is created and the file has been saved, any application that needs that file can use it. Based on this, there are some characteristics to an XML file:
- The document can be created using any text editor
- The content of the document is made of ASCII text that consists of small things (formats) named tags
- The tags in the document must follow some rules
- The whole content must be structured a certain way, referred to as well-formed. In other words, an XML document that follows the XML standards is said to be well-formed
- The document does not indicate what it is used for. The application that uses that file must know what to do with the file
Based on this, XML makes it possible to create a document that various types of applications can use. For example, you could have various database environments that have different ways to create and manage their records. Imagine you have a table of customers or products in one of the databases and you want other databases to use or even update the list of customers or products. To make those databases environments communicate, you can create an XML file that contains information about the customers or products. Then, any of those database environments can access that document and do whatever it wants, such as adding new records or updating existing records. This can be illustrated as follows:
Creating an XML File in Microsoft Access
To create an example file in Microsoft Access, you have four primary options, ranging from ridiculously easy to a little complex. The first thing to know is that Microsoft has done an incredibly efficient work in XML, not only in Microsoft Access but throughout the Microsoft Windows family of operating systems. For example, it is so easy to create an XML file in Microsoft Access without writing a single line of code.
The four options to use XML in Microsoft Access are:
- Visually importing and/or exporting XML
- Using File Processing to manually create an XML document and file
- Using the Application class
- Using the MSXML library
Each one of those options has its advantages and disadvantages.
One of the basic ways to view an XML document is to open it in a Web browser.
you can use Microsoft XML Core services in your Microsoft Access project as follows :
Private Sub Command0_Click() Dim docXMLDOM As DOMDocument If Dir("ContractWorkers.xml") = "" Then docXMLDOM.loadXML "" docXMLDOM.Save "ContractWorkers.xml" Else docXMLDOM.Load "ContractWorkers.xml" End If Set docXMLDOM = Nothing End Sub