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Access Expert Level 24

Expert Microsoft Access Tutorial - 1 Hour, 33 Minutes
In Access Expert 24 we will learn how to import real-time data from web sites using their RSS feeds. We will display current news and weather conditions. Then, we will learn how to share our Access data with others over the Internet by setting up an inexpensive and easy-to-use online SQL Server database that will host our tables. Topics include:
  - Import RSS Feed Data
  - Download Latest News from Web Sites
  - Display Current Weather Conditions

  - Use the WebBrowser Control
  - Display Images from a Web Page
  - Program Timer Events
  - Launch a Macro at Timed Intervals
Setup Online SQL Server Database

  - Create ODBC Connections & DSN Files
Share Access Data via the Internet

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Access Expert Level 24
Description: Access Expert Level 24
Versions: This class was recorded with Microsoft Access 2013. The material is valid for Access 2007 up to 2021. Access has not changed that much over the years.
Pre-Requisites: Access Expert Level 23 strongly recommended. This class builds on the import/export topics covered in the last couple of classes.
Running Time: 1 Hour, 33 Minutes
Cost: $28.99

Today we will begin by importing RSS feed data from web sites. This allows you to pull in any data that the web site decides to share, and that can include current events, news, weather conditions, blog posts, etc. Many popular web sites offer RSS feed (news feed) data via XML files that you can find by searching their site. Look for the RSS logo:

rss feed logo


We will pull in the Latest News feed from and the Tech News feed from Once you have it imported into your database, you can do whatever you like with it. These lessons will show you how to import it.

Next, we will learn how to display current weather conditions using the same technique. There are a couple of free weather feeds out there, including, but if you want the best (free) source of weather data, you need to use Weather Underground. I'll show you how to register for a free API key (so you can use their site) and pull down all of the weather data you can imagine.

current weather conditions


We'll make a button that you can click once to update the data, and you'll learn how to use a form event timer to have the data automatically refresh itself every couple of minutes. We'll also use the WebBrowser control in an Access form so we can display a picture from their web site (the little logo for the current weather conditions).

weather form webbrowser control event timer


Finally, we'll cover one of the most requested topics that people email me about: how to share your Access data with people over the Internet. Everyone wants to know how to take your Access database, upload the tables to the Web somehow, and then share the database with others in different locations. I will show you how to set up an SQL Server database on a web server. I will use GoDaddy for this. They are my ISP and I've been with them for about 5 years right now (it's currently July 2014). As of the time of this class, you can get web hosting with unlimited SQL Server databases for about $5 per month, so it's an easy, inexpensive solution if you want to share data.

sql server access


I will show you how to configure the SQL Server database on GoDaddy's site (most other ISPs that I've worked with are very similar). We will then connect to the database from our Access application, upload our tables, delete the local tables, and then link to the tables on the SQL Server. Once that's done, you can then share your Access front-end file with anyone you want (and trust) and they can use your data. You can both share information no matter where you are. It's a quick-and-dirty way to allow remote access to your data via an Access database.

linked sql server tables


This is the 24th class in the Access Expert series. There are a lot of highly-requested topics in this class: importing live data from the web, using the WebBrowser control, launching timer events, and sharing your Access data over the Internet. Of course, if you have any questions about whether or not this class is for you, please contact me.


Complete Outline - Access Expert Level 24

00. Intro (9:47)

01. Import RSS Feed Data (14:21)
Pull News from Web Site
RSS Feeds are XML Files
Really Simple Syndication
Get the 599CD News Feed
External Data > Import XML
ImportErrors Table
Channel and Item Tables
GUID: Globally Unique Identifier
Field truncation
Can't Save Import Steps if Error
Import Latest News from
Import Tech News from

02. Import Real-Time Weather (14:02)
How to find an RSS Feed not advertised RSS Feeds
Weather Underground API
Register for an API key
Import Weather XML Feed
03. Display Real-Time Weather (20:56)
Convert RFC822 to Access DateTime Value
Query Sorted by Observation Date
Form to Display Current Conditions
Button to Run Macro for Import
Requery Form Data
WebBrowser Control
Display Images from a Web Site
Event Timer
Timer Interval
On Timer Event

04. Online SQL Server Database (28:39)
Share Access Data via Web Server
Use Access Front End, SQL Tables
Set up SQL Server DB on GoDaddy
Database Friendly Name
Username and Password
Export to ODBC Database
File Data Source
Machine Data Source
User Data Source
Create New Data Source > SQL Server
Set up a File DSN
Complete Export of CustomerT
Link to the CustomerT on SQL Server

05. Review (5:47)


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