I have been using active data b/c I find it easier, for the most part. There are some things that I am trying to figure out how to do. I used to do the csv route where I'd read the file in and dump in an array.
We use to write code to access and read from excel files. but now we use the active data object. This makes the coding part much quicker to write and maintain. I ran some tests for access performance and reading from a text file (csv) was faster but maintaining excel files is by users is easier.
don, CSTP, QAD/TP user since 06
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