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Introduction to ODBC for Business Rules
What is ODBC? ODBC – Installing the Drivers ODBC – Data Sources(BR.INI) BR Sample Application BR Context Manager ◦ BR Sample – Common ◦ BR Sample – Employee ◦ BR Sample – File Record Selection ◦ BR Sample – Field Definition ◦ BR Sample – Dates Creating Your Own APP
ODBC ◦ (O)pen (D)ata(B)ase (C)onnectivity ◦ Simply put, your data available in Windows Apps ◦ Drivers – provided by ADS & Microsoft ◦ Context Manager – provided by ADS Applications use ODBC to present DATA ◦ MS-Access ◦ MS-Excel ◦ Crystal Report ◦ ** Many more!!
ADS Drivers easily available on the web. ◦ Download Drivers ◦ Extract to an Install Directory. ◦ Copy BRSERIAL.DAT to disk1(Each user needs to do this!) ◦ EDIT BR.INIT (If desired) ◦ EDIT WBCONFIG>SYS (If desired) Installing ODBC ◦ Copy the “DISK1” and “Cabs” to install Folder ◦ Run SETUP.EXE from the new “Install” Folder ◦ Select Driver & Sample (Or Just Driver for End Users)
Configuration File ◦ C:\WINDOWS\BR.INI [BR] – Points to BRSERIAL.DAT folder [ODBC] DRIVE – Defines the “Drive Statement” Dictionary Path - Location of Context Database- Base Dir for Data BR.INI is used to define ODBC settings
Control Panel – Administrative Tools ◦ Data Sources (ODBC) ◦ System DSN Common Data Area- BR Sample Data Application Payroll- BR Sample Data Application
C:\Program Files\ADS\Business Rules! BRSERIAL.DAT ◦ (If you forgot to change the install folder) BRNATIVE417K.EXE ◦ ODBC does not come or need BR MENU.WBO ◦ Menu to run Sample Application. For our purposes, the sample data is all we care about.
RUN CONTEXT/TOOLS Application Section. ◦ Defines BR Applications ◦ Multiple Applications may be Defined ◦ Each application may have many tables ◦ F1 – Add/Create ◦ F3 – Change Existing ◦ F4 – Delete ◦ F5 – Inquire/Details about ◦ F6 – List ◦ F10 - Execute
From Context Manager ◦ Select Payroll F5- Shows Program & Data Details PRD- Data Folder C:\Program Files\ADS\BR ODBC Driver\PRD ◦ Remember BR.INI DataPath= C:\Program Files\ADS\BR ODBC Driver ◦ Enter (Or F10) on Common DEDUCT- Sample table, lists various deductions EMPLOYEE- Sample table, lists employees
Employee ◦ Application File Code ◦ Contains Details Name- Employee Master File Path- PRD MASTER- EMPLOYEE Key1- EMPLOYEE.KEY Up to 10 index files may be listed Select indexes based on “Most Common Searches” ◦ Press “F10” or Enter to select
Once you select Employee ◦ A list of record types appear Only 1 Record Type required. Many record types may be defined. ◦ F5 – Inquire Application Name- Payroll File Name- Employee Record Name- Employee Description- Employee Record Field Name Prefix- For BR Use Only Field Name Suffix- For BR Use Only (Required)
Once you have selected the Employee Record ◦ A List of Fields appear. ◦ List the fields you wish to make available. Required Fields ◦ FIELD NAME- Field Name for Windows ◦ DESCRIPTION - Description (Not Visible) ◦ FORM- C, PD, BH (Any Valid BR Type) ◦ LENGTH- Length of Field (In File) ◦ DEC- # of Decimal Digits. ◦ START- Starting Position ◦ STOP- Ending Position ◦ DATE FORMAT- Defines Dates
When Naming Date Fields: ◦ Include the Word “DATE” in the Name BIRTH_DATE DATE_HIRED DATE FORMAT ◦ DAYS- Use the Days Format (Default) ◦ NODATE- Not a date (But name has date) ◦ CCYYMMDD - Use In any order to define dates
Using Context Manager ◦ Define an Application Create Tables Create Records Define Fields Import your own field layouts to Context ◦ NAME=CONTEXT/TOOLD,KFNAME=CONTEXT.KEY/TOOLD ◦ NAME=CONTEXT/TOOLD,KFNAME=CONTEXT.KY2/TOOLD