I have a client that would like to be able to download data from their
iSeries to an EXCEL file. The problem is that the data files are setup
in a "relational" manner, not a flat file. Is there any PC product that
will allow me to define the relationship between the files but have that
complexity hidden from the end user?
Hmmm... in my copy of Excel, I can click Data / Import External Data /
New Database Query. It bring up a list of files (or "tables" in
SQL-speak) and a list of the fields (or "columns") that those files
contain. I can choose the fields I want, from more than one field (if I
need to) and it'll bring them all into my spreadsheet.
Once I have the stuff I want, I can even save the query in a file so I
don't have to go through the whole process again next time.
As far as I know, the only thing you need to do this (besides Excel, of
course) is an ODBC driver. There's one included with i5/OS (OS/400), as a
free component of iSeries Access.
It surprises me that so many people are referring you to commercial
packages, when this is something I take for granted as a feature built-in
to office. I suppose the commercial methods are more powerful or simplify
part of the process?