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The New Microsoft Access and SQL Azure Information Center for Developers

Feb 22 2011 8:16AM by Patrick Wood   

Learning to develop Microsoft Access Cloud applications using SQL Azure as a back end is new territory. Although there are many similarities to developing an Access application that uses a hosted SQL Server database, there are also a number of differences that can trip you up unless you are aware of them. For example in one place Microsoft informs us that "Connecting to SQL Azure Database by using OLE DB is not supported." Since ADODB uses OLE DB this means that ADO is not supported for connecting to SQL Azure. However in other places we are informed that we can use ADO if we use the SQL Native Client and that support for OLE DB is being considered for official support. To make ADO work we must use Provider=SQLNCLI10; instead of Provider=SQLOLEDB; in our connection strings. This is the type of critical information we work to provide.

The biggest problem I faced when I began developing with Access and SQL Azure was finding the information and help I needed. I have found no single web page, site, help file, document, or source of information on how to develop Access Applications that could use SQL Azure. I spent countless hours using online searches, downloading documents, using SDKs, reading books and reading online to get the necessary information and solve problems. Some vital information could not be found so at times I had to learn through trial and error. There needs to be a better way for Access developers to get the crucial information we need to develop with SQL Azure.

So I am gathering together information, links, tips, scripts, and articles and building a Microsoft Access and SQL Azure Information Center for Developers to save you some valuable time and headaches. We will list important links, downloads, articles and blogs, scripts, code samples, tips, and new developments.

You are welcome to submit your own tips, code samples, links, comments, and articles. You can contact me at Be sure to let us know if you want us to publish a link or email address so we can give you credit for your submission. We want to maintain a standard of high quality and usefulness so all submissions will be screened for value and relevance.

Even as I was preparing this post I received a request in an email from a developer asking where they could get information about developing Access and SQL Azure applications. It looks like I had better get busy.

Republished from Access Easy Tips [18 clicks].  Read the original version here [32134 clicks].

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