Converting Microsoft Works databases.... *shudder*

Steve Holden steve at
Fri Nov 3 20:27:53 CET 2006

Larry Bates wrote:
> Michael B. Trausch wrote:
>>I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with this.  Someone I
>>know is trying to move away from Microsoft Works, and I am trying to
>>look into a solution that would convert their data in a lossless fashion
>>to a more modern format.  The database has more than 65K rows, so
>>converting it to be an Excel spreadsheet, would, AFAIK, not be an option.
> MS ships ODBC interface to xBase databases in all versions of Windows.
> You don't need Access.  Just create DSN to your exported dBase database
> and MS Word, MS Excel, and any other ODBC aware product

Including, presumably, mx.ODBC in Python, which gives the most 
attractive possibilities for output.

  can read the
> data.  If the data size is large or if you want to move to server, you
> can do that later.
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