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In previous lessons, you have learned how to design database applications using data control and ADO control. However, those applications are very simple and plain . In this lesson, you will learn how to create a more advanced database application using ADO control. The application you are going to create is known as an electronic library. This electronic library will be able to accept the user registration as well as handling login command that require the user's  password, thus enhancing the security aspect of the database. Basically, the application will constitute a welcome menu, a registration menu, a Login menu and the main database menu. The sequence of the menus is illustrated in Figure 29.1 follow:

Figure 29.1

29.1 The Welcome Menu

First of all, you need to design the Welcome menu. You can follow the example as shown in Figure 29.1 below:

Figure 29.2: The Welcome Menu

In this form, you need to insert three command buttons and set their properties as shown in Table 29.1 below:

Table 29.1

Propery Name Setting
Form name main_menu
command button 1  Name cmdRegister
command button 1 Caption Register
command button 2 Name cmdLogin
command button 2 Caption Login
command button 3 Name cmdCancel
command button 3 Caption Cancel

The code

Private Sub cmdLogin_Click()


End Sub

Private Sub cmdRegister_Click()


End Sub

29.2 The Registration Form

If a new user click the Register button, the registration form will appear as illustrated in Figure 29.3 below:

Figure 29.3: The Registration Form

This registration forms consist of two text boxes , three command buttons and an ADO control. Their properties are set as in Table 29.2 below:


Table 29.2

Propery Name Setting
Form name Register
textbox 1 name txtName
textbox 2 name txtpassword
textbox 2 PasswordChar *
command button 1 name cmdConfirm
command button 1 Caption Confirm
command button 2 name cmdClear
command button 2 Caption Clear
command button 3 name cmdCancel
command button 3 Caption Cancel
ADO control name UserInfo

Note that the PasswordChar of textbox 2 is set as * which means users will not be able to see the actual characters they enter, they will only see the * symbol.

The code

Private Sub cancel_Click( )
End Sub

Private Sub cmdClear_Click( )
txtName.Text = ""
txtpassword.Text =""
End Sub

Private Sub cmdConfirm_Click()
UserInfo.Recordset.Fields("username") = txtName.Text
UserInfo.Recordset.Fields("password") = txtpassword.Text
End Sub

Private Sub Form_Load()
End Sub

29.3 The Login Menu

The Login menu is illustrated as follow:

Figure 29.4: The Login Menu

There are two text boxes and a command button,  their properties are set as in Table 29.3 below:

Table 29.3

Propery Name Setting
Textbox 1 name txtName
Textbox 2 name txtpassword
Command button 1 name cmdLogin
Command button 1 Caption Login
Form name Login_form

The code

Private Sub cmdLogin_Click()
Dim usrname As String
Dim psword As String
Dim usernam As String
Dim pssword As String
Dim Msg As String

usrname = txtName.Text
psword = txtpassword.Text
Do Until Register.UserInfo.Recordset.EOF
If Register.UserInfo.Recordset.Fields("username").Value = usrname And_ 
Register.UserInfo.Recordset.Fields("password").Value = psword Then
Exit Sub
End If
Msg = MsgBox("Invalid password, try again!", vbOKCancel)
If (Msg = 1) Then
txtName.Text =""
txtpassword = ""
End If
End Sub

29.4 The Electronic Library

To design the electronic library interface, we need to insert a couple of labels, a couple of text boxes, three option buttons, a DataGrid control and an ADO control. The name and properties of the controls are listed in Table 29.4.

Table 29.4

Propert Name Setting
Form name frmLibrary
ADO control name adoLibrary
ADO visible False
DataGrid Name DataLibrary
TextBox 1 name txtTitleA
TextBox 2 name txtAuthor
TextBox 3name txtPublisher
TextBox 4 name txtYear
TextBox 5 name txtCategory
Command button 1 name cmdSave
Command button 1 caption &Save
Command button 2 name cmdNew
Command button 2 caption &New
Command button 3 name cmdDelete
Command button 3 caption &Delete
Command button 4 name cmdClr
Command button 4 caption &Clear
Command button 5 name cmdFirst
Command button 5 Caption &First
Command button 6 name cmdNext
Command button 6 caption N&ext
Command button 7 name cmdPrevious
Command button 7 caption &Previous
Command button 8 name cmdLast
Command button 8 caption &Last
Command button 9 name cmdExit
Command button 9 caption E&xit
Command button 10 name CmdViewAll
Command button 10 caption &View All
Command button 11 name CmdSearch
Command button 9 caption Search

The electronic library design interface is illustrated in Figure 29.5 below.

Figure 29.5

The runtime interface of the elecronic library is shown in Figure 29.6. In the library, you can browse all the books using the navigation buttons. You can also add, save and delete books. Besides that, you can also search for books based on Author, ISBN or book title.

Figure 29.6

We use SQL keywords to program the search button. The code for the search button is as follows:

Private Sub cmdSearch_Click()
DataLibrary.Visible = True
Dim SearchString As String>
SearchString = TxtSearch.Text

If Opt_ISBN.Value = True Then

AdoLibrary.RecordSource = "SELECT * FROM book WHERE ISBN='" & SearchString & "'"
ElseIf Opt_Author.Value = True Then
'Search for Author that starts with the Search String
AdoLibrary.RecordSource = "SELECT * FROM book WHERE Author Like '" & SearchString & "%'"
ElseIf Opt_Title.Value = True Then
AdoLibrary.RecordSource = "SELECT * FROM book WHERE Title Like '" & SearchString & "%'"
End If
'To reset the column width of datagrid DataLibrary
With DataLibrary

.Columns(0).Width = 2200
.Columns(1).Width = 4500
.Columns(2).Width = 2800
.Columns(3).Width = 2000
.Columns(4).Width = 800
.Columns(5).Width = 1500
End With

DataLibrary.Visible = True

End Sub

* The symbol % is called a wildcard character in SQL. Wildcard characters are used to search for data in a table with the SQL LIKE operator. The wildcard % means a substitute for zero or more characters. In our code above, Using SearchString with % means it will search for a combination of the SearchString with any other characters. For example, SearchString="New", then SearchString&% will include Newyork, Newport, NewCastle, Newton etc.

The rest of the code

Private Sub cmdDelete_Click()
Confirm = MsgBox("Are you sure you want to delete this record?", vbYesNo,"Deletion Confirmation")
If Confirm = vbYes Then
MsgBox "Record Deleted!", , "Message"
MsgBox "Record Not Deleted!", , "Message"
End If
End Sub

Private Sub cmdExit_Click()
End Sub

Private Sub cmdNew_Click()
End Sub

Private Sub cmdFirst_Click()
End Sub

Private Sub cmdNext_Click()
If Not adoLibrary.Recordset.EOF Then
If adoLibrary.Recordset.EOF Then
End If
End If
End Sub

Private Sub cmdPrevious_Click()
If Not adoLibrary.Recordset.BOF Then
If adoLibrary.Recordset.BOF Then
End If
End If
End Sub

Private Sub cmdLast_Click()
End Sub

Private Sub cmdSave_Click()
adoLibrary.Recordset.Fields("Title").Value =txtTitle.Text
adoLibrary.Recordset.Fields("Author").Value = txtAuthor.Text
End Sub

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