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Size Matters?

By James Hippolite, in , posted: 24-Apr-2008 10:23

Problem Description: 
  • Is there a size limitation on importing an Excel column via ODBC? 
  • I have a sheet that has a number of columns.  When I try to import it, I get “[Microsoft][ODBC Excel Driver]COUNT field incorrect “
  • I’ve narrowed the problem down to a column where each cell contains > 256 characters.  Does this matter?
 Problem Solution:
  • Even though the field contained text, when the ODBC reader attempted to grab it, it automatically deduced it was a Double field.
  • Hence, it couldn’t populate a Double field with Text data.
  • The solution was to simply format the cell as Text first, then let the reader do its work.

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Welcome to my technical blog. 

Here, I attempt to distill the Microsoft Certified Professional Developer knowledge I have accumulated since first qualifying MCP in 1996.  This blog started on 13 September 2007 as an off-shoot from my mixed up personal blog.  But it took a shot in the arm from Scott Hanselman's talk at TechEd New Zealand 08 "32 Ways To Make Your Blog Suck Less".