Android Tutorial Accessing remote DBs with B4A using HttpUtils2, Classic ASP, IIS 5.1 and MSAccess

Discussion in 'Tutorials & Examples' started by BarrySumpter, Aug 11, 2012.

  1. BarrySumpter

    BarrySumpter Active Member Licensed User

    Note: the attached project contains CLASSIC asp scripts and NOT scripts.

    I have a propriatary PC app that uses MSAccess.
    The author is good enough to leave the MSAccess .mdb tables unsecured.
    Where he gives free access to the table layout and the data contained there in.
    ... i.e. the data belongs to his clients.

    But there are NO queries or reports etc available.

    I've asked multiple times for web access ( and now mobile access )
    but it seems its too expensive, too complex, or not requested by enough clients.

    So I've decided to do it myself.

    My apps are for me, my family and friends, and designed for HTC HD2.
    And I have no intention of selling in any way shape or form.

    I tried to start with a web solution only via phone browsers but found I didn't know enough about web languages to control the width of the screen enough for all android sizes etc.

    And I really didn't want to learn yet another language.


    As far as I know I CAN'T access a remote MSAccess .mdb directly from Android via B4A.
    So I have to use a web server.

    I already have IIS 5.1 already setup and working.

    I use simple DNS plus to redirect to my IIS server (
    which is just the familys main web page

    The is short for
    I wanted just m but the phones can't handle just m so its


    I've found that I get better / faster response from all my computers and phones when they have a static IP Address.



    where simple DNS plus is running
    Default Gateway of
    and DNS1 of

    Any other computers or phones:
    Gateway of
    and DNS1 of


    Attached to this post is a b4a project HttpUtils2WithASP.b4a

    The only thing in this b4a project that actually relates to CLASSIC ASP is the
    PostString call to an asp script on my IIS 5.1 web server:

    Also in the Files folder is some very simple asp scripts like HelloWorld to make sure CLASSIC ASP is working.

    And a very simple asp script that opens a MSAccess .mdb and validates a UID and PW.

    This should be an easy enough start to get us into all kinds of trouble.

    Can't express enough how easy it was with HTTPUtils2 and examples.


    Attached Files:

    Last edited: Aug 11, 2012
  2. Erel

    Erel Administrator Staff Member Licensed User

    Thank you for sharing!
  3. icefairy333

    icefairy333 Active Member Licensed User

    it looks useful
  4. EenOog

    EenOog New Member Licensed User

    Well Done

    Thanx gonna try this shortly have a webservice i need to consume

  5. BarrySumpter

    BarrySumpter Active Member Licensed User

    Wanted to hide the sql queries.
    So created a very simple
    GenericASPsql.asp script

    Found that asp or iis 5.1 strips spaces out of the query.
    So added b4a code to URLEncode the quuery.

    If inserting a ms access record I return the RecID of the record that has been added.
    I use Select @@Identity within the same connection session to ensure the correct RecID gets returned.


    Note so self:
    I'd prefer to return just a 0
    or a -1 with error comment

    Attached Files:

    Last edited: Aug 29, 2012
  6. BarrySumpter

    BarrySumpter Active Member Licensed User

  7. jeronimovilar2

    jeronimovilar2 Member Licensed User

    How to get the values

    How can i get the results on B4a? Example:

    "Select C1, C2 from table"

    and return to B4a the C1 value...
    lbl.Text = table("C1")

    sorry my english (from Brazil)
  8. BarrySumpter

    BarrySumpter Active Member Licensed User

    sup jeronimo!

    Its all super easy and all the sample apps and scripts are there in the attachment on the first post.
    If you don't see the attachment in the first post you'll need to send an email to Erel.
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2012
  9. jeronimovilar2

    jeronimovilar2 Member Licensed User

    Error: org.apache.http.conn.ConnectTimeoutException

    I´m using a ASP to connect on the ACCESS DATABASE. Using a browser in my notebook is correct.
    [{"contador":1,"Codigo":19,"Usuario":"Jeronimo Vilar"}]

    But it shows this error on the android:

    Error: org.apache.http.conn.ConnectTimeoutException: Connect to / timed out

  10. Erel

    Erel Administrator Staff Member Licensed User

    There is a network problem. Are you trying to access the desktop computer? Make sure that the firewall allows incoming connections on the specific port.
  11. jeronimovilar2

    jeronimovilar2 Member Licensed User


    the error was in the OLEODBC.

    thank you
  12. grupotgr

    grupotgr Member Licensed User


    Hello, how are you?
    Can you help me? I need to show the database in a list and then display it on screen. Then store in sqlite.

    The tests I'm doing with this same example.

    Sorry for my bad Englih...

    Thank you very much!
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