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The "TableImportFromIdt" Command

The Microsoft ORCA (????) tool can be used to export some or all tables into an ".idt" format. As this format is a text format it is very easy to examine in a text editor and if revision controlled you would be able to keep a history of changes that have been made to the files.

As this command can import the .IDT files, this makes them a good candidate for use as template files. You could start each project from a completely empty database and import all you standard tables and rows.

Importing of tables is very quick (in "direct" mode).

This command takes these parameters:

EXAMPLE - Import .IDT files

This example shows how all ".IDT" files in a particular directory could be imported:

<$TableImportFromIdt "Exported IDT\*.idt">


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