DataBase access

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  1. #1
    In The Light
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    Oct 2001

    DataBase access

    i am at the point in an app where i will be accessing a database (AISC steel section properties). will i need a seperate utilitie to open a database and access it by field name etc...
    or does C++ have a library function that will allow searching a database by row or column.
    i have no code to offer because i have no idea how this is even attempted.

    ~~~~~~~wannabe code~~~~~~~~~~
    int i_have _a_value()
    look in the data base for 5 values
    1 = i_have _a_value
    2 = next_two_higher_values
    2 = next_two_lower_values

    retrieve the entire rows containing these values
    } // or something like this

    ~~~~~~wannabe code~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    the data base will be several hundred rows and about 20 columns.

    where do i start?


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    Ask your database vendor if he provides you with an interface to C/C++. It very likely he will. It's a set of functions that you can use to access the data stored in the database. I can't tell you more, as the actual implementation is database specific. For Oracle for example, it's the OCI, Oracle Call Interface. For other vendors, there might be other solutions.

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    Are you using a professional/commercal database? If so nvoigt already answered your point.
    Or do you want to create a simple database yourself?
    You could make a structure or class to hold all the data for each object.
    Then make an array or whatever you want with this class.
    Using FILE * 's you can read and write entier arrays at once
    	FILE * myfile;
    	int array[500];
    	int array2[500];
    	int i;
    	for( i=0 ; i<500 ; i++)
    	myfile = fopen("database","wb");//write/binary
    	fwrite(array,sizeof(int),500,myfile); //this should write the whole array to the text file
    	fclose(myfile); //close the file.
                   //do stuff here
    	myfile = fopen("database","rb"); //open the file for reading
    	fread(array2,sizeof(int),500,myfile);  //read in our array we wrote earlier
    That will make an array, write it to a file.
    Then the file is closed.
    The file can then be opened, and read in with one line

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