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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-19-2003, 07:17 AM Thread Starter
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Database construction.

Anyone no how to do this? First attempt at constructing a database. I have no formal training and am having quite a time as you might imagine. What I am attempting seems as though it should not be as difficult as it has turned out.
I work in a newly formed shop at my place of employment, that is tasked with the logistics of several hundred chemicals. Simply put I issues and place orders for chemicals. The problem which I wish to streamline is this; with so many chemicals, all of which have more than 1 designation (MIL SPECS., Manufacturers #, my company's number, etc...), how can I create a database which will cross-reference all the designations.

I have eight fields that I require.
Company part #
Manufacturer part #
Stocking Location

For instance, someone approaches me in need of a certain chemical of which I am unfamiliar. I would like to enter the information given me into a field, push enter and have all the cross referenced information pop up. Example, Joe Schmoe knocks on my window in need of MIL-3-33. Problem is we do not stock our chemicals by MIL SPEC. So I need to enter MIL-3-33 in the "MIL SPEC" field and have the COMPANY PART # and STOCKING LOCATION pop up.

I am using MS Access.
Any ideas? Is this more complex than I probably think?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-19-2003, 07:45 AM
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You separate the data that is reusable. For example stocking location, you create a separate table for that.

Stocking location:
Physical address/location

Now for the chemical you have a field for the stocking location ID. That's the link you will then use in SQL.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-19-2003, 09:01 AM
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You can do that in Access. Doesn't sound like a hard project at all. I would get with someone who has database knowledge as it is harder for beginners to set up the table structure correctly. After the table structure is in place then the front end, i.e. an 'Access' form should not be that big of a deal.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-19-2003, 12:50 PM
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php and mysql, you'd be done by now. If you need help setting it up that way, shot me a pm and I'll get you started, its REALLY simple.
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