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String to Bool Conversion

January 5, 2010

There are some great features under the hood of dbCOPY which are a little bit hidden – simply to keep the user interface as clean as possible. One of these features is the conversion from String to Boolean. Of couse, dbCOPY is able to convert typical Strings like “true” or “false” to a Boolean. But what happens if you have a table that contains strings like “correct” and “wrong”?

The solve this case, click on the “Advanced” button on the Table Mapping page.

Advanced ButtonThen switch to the “Booleans” tab page and add a new string-to-boolean mapping pair by clicking on the green button. Finally, enter your Strings and close the dialog.

String-To-Bool Conversion

How to export data quickly

December 22, 2009

dbCOPY has a little feature that allows you to export data very quickly. Just browse to your database using our integrated viewer, select the cells you want to export and right click on them. The appearing context menu allows you to export those cells very quickly.

Export Selected Cells

Paradox to MySQL

December 18, 2009

dbCOPY is famous for its high-speed data conversions between Paradox and any other supported database system like mySQL or SQL Server. In the following we describe a typical data export from Paradox to mySQL which shows how easy it is to migrate to another DBS with dbCOPY.

1.) dbCOPY starts with a task-oriented, simple interface that offers access to the most heavily used features. In this case we select “Export“. But you could also use features like Update or Append as soon as you have created the table structure (or in case that you would like to transfer data regularly between Paradox and another DBS).

Start Screen

2.) In the next step we configure our source and target connection.

Paradox Connection mySQL Connection

3.) The Table Mapping Dialog allows us to specify which tables should be exported. You could also rename the table or append a timestamp to every table created (useful for regular backups).

Table Mapping Finished

4.) If necessary you could also configure a specific field mapping. In our example we would like to fill the field ‘City’ with the static value ‘New York’ and replace the strings ‘Mr’ and ‘Mrs’ with 0 respectively 1.

Field Mapping Replacement Table

5.) To start the process just click ‘Start’ and dbCOPY automatically creates the table structure and copies the data. In our example it just takes 765ms to build the structure and transfer more than 900 records.

Copy Process

6.) You can immediately check the results with the integrated database viewer.


We hope that this walk-through explains to you how easy it is to migrate data from Paradox to another database with dbCOPY. In case that you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us!

dbCOPY Pro: Command line call

September 3, 2009

dbCOPY Pro provides a console application for executing saved copy profiles.

Therefor go into the dbCOPY program folder and call dbCOPYCC.exe like follows:

dbCOPYCC -file:path|-profile:path [-quiet] [-verbose] [-log:file]

-file:path      Executes an exported copy profile.
-file:path      Executes an exported copy profile.
-quiet          Prints only application failures.
-verbose      Prints detailed information.
-log:file        Saves the copy log file at the specified location. A standard log file will be created by default.

Executing an exported copy profile:
dbCOPYCC -file:”C:\profiles\copy.dbp”

Executing a saved profile:
dbCOPYCC -profile:”shop\backup”