Basics of using ADOCE on Windows CE Devices

For the sake of argument, it should be noted that I am not a Database expert. I have experience using ADOCE because of a project I was working on in the recent past. It was semi-difficult to use at first, but once I got the hang of it, it was actually very simple. This article is just a place to start - and will hopefully help you in your own applications.

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Environment: VC6 NT4 SP4, CE 2.11

Tested on: HPC PRO Device running WinCE v2.11 only

This code will be useful to you if you have tried using ADOCE, but never got anything to work. It is not meant to be integrated into any application, but rather it should be used for demonstrative purposes. It clearly shows the basics of how to use the technology.

Setting up an ADOCE project using Visual C++ 6.0 is rather simple. Assuming that you have downloaded and installed the ADOCE SDK from Microsoft, you are ready to use it in your Windows CE Database applications. The sample that I have provided is a *very* simple one illustrating how to instantiate the proper COM objects, and the basics of how to interface with them (in a very simple example).

NOTE: If you do not have the ADOCE SDK, the sample code that can be downloaded below contains the 2 important files that you need (ADOCE_I.C and ADOCE.H).

As you can see in the code below labelled Part 1, the first step is to initialize COM with our application. This is standard for using COM in any application, and does not apply only to ADOCE applications.

Part 2 below shows us how we can instantiate a RecordSet object. RecordSets are used in ADOCE to open database sources, execute SQL commands and queries, and for accessing the fields within tables.

The code in Part 3 is explained below it.

//Part 1:

	AfxMessageBox(_T("Error initializing COM"));
	return E_FAIL;

//Part 2:

if (FAILED(CoCreateInstance(CLSID_ADOCERecordset, NULL,
                            CLSCTX_INPROC_SERVER, IID_IADOCERecordset,
			    (void**)&m_pIRecordSet))) {
	AfxMessageBox(_T("Could not load ADOCE"));
	return E_FAIL;

//Part 3:

//Build up the SQL Query
CString strQuery = 
	_T("SELECT FROM ToyTable");

//Build up the Variant data types

//Execute the SQL query
hr = getRecordSet()->Open(query,connStr,cte,lte,adCmdText);
if (FAILED(hr)) {
	return FALSE;

Let's take a closer look at Part 3 (as shown above). The first part of executing an SQL query is to form the query. We do this using the simple query "SELECT FROM ToyTable". Since ADOCE is compatible with other languages such as Visual Basic, the data types used most commonly are data types that can be shared across languages (namely, Variants). MFC provides a wrapper for the Variant type called COleVariant. After constructing the query in a normal (MFC in this case) string, we set the value of the COleVariant to contain the query. The connStr variable may look a little funny up there, but what it's used for is telling the system that we want to use the database located inside of a file. As you can see, we're setting the value of it to be m_strFilePath, which is a path pointing to an MS-Access database file on the device. The next logical step is to execute the query, and so we do. Note the last parameter of the Open(...) call. To execute and SQL query, it needs to be set to "adCmdText". For just opening tables, use "adCmdTable" - but all of that is in the VB documentation (look for RecordSet.Open).

Gathering information from the RecordSet object is another story all together. I recommend two things in your ventures with ADOCE. 1.) Read and follow the Visual Basic documentation, because although it's Visual Basic, the ADOCE model works very similarly. 2.) When in doubt, dig through the SDK source files (namely ADOCE_I.C and ADOCE.H). That way, you can see for yourself what the difference between the ADOCE API and the VB ADO API is. Of course, I also recommend carefully stepping through the sample code included with this document because it shows a simple case as well.

All of the code samples shown above are included in the sample code available for download below. Also included below is the MS-Access file containing the ToyTable used with this example (db1.mdb).

NoteTo use this file on the device, copy it to the HPC/PRO device and allow CE services to convert it from desktop to Pocket Access format.


Download demo project: - 21 Kb

Download source: - 15 Kb

MS-Access file: - 5 KB


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