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[_] SQL / MS Access suggestion?

Rick Hurst rick.hurst at
Fri May 27 08:58:34 BST 2016

Aren't you allowed to install xampp on your machine or is it
completely locked down?

On Fri, May 27, 2016 at 7:01 AM, Paddy <paddy at> wrote:
>>have you considered connecting to the access db via ODBC from php
> Thanks for reply: I'd *love* to do it in PHP, Rick, but as a lowly temp at
> the university, I don't think I've got the clout to do this sort of thing.
> As it is, I'm being sent an Excel export out of the original academic
> database, importing it into my new Access one, exporting the queried report
> as a PDF.... and probably the other schools are finding their own
> solutions... all my system analysis senses are screaming "Wrong, WRONG!" :-(
> There's a lot to be said for working in smaller more flexible organisations.
> My solution (as long as I've got the data right) isn't too bad, but I've not
> found a way to make MS Access add a Subject to the mailto hyperlink in my
> report.
> It's funny - I reluctantly learnt PHP and MySQL because Access wasn't
> available on Mac Office back in the noughties, and now I'm finding Access
> somewhat limiting! Though being able to paste great chunks of spreadsheets
> into tables is very useful.
> - Paddy
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Rick Hurst