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 Switching database on the fly on entering a page

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John R Ramsden
Posted: 12/07/2002, 9:09 AM

I have a page with links to another page that expects a query string
e.g. "msgreset.php?cust=dbsmith" where the 'cust' argument, 'dbsmith'
is the name of a database specific to a customer. (The databases for
all customers have the same structure; so the page works the same
with any.)

In the page msgreset.php I am fetching and parsing the query string
OK; but there doesn't seem to be a non-hack way to switch
connections from the database with which I set up the grid on
that page.

I started by adding an AfterInitialization event procedure; but that
didn't work. I then tried hacking the database initialization method
(which I was particularly keen to avoid having to do), to plug into
the initialization method the connection details for the new database;
but that also made no difference and the page obstinately continues
to stick with the original hard-coded database. (I specified this as
a persistent connection, which could have something to do with my

For a product that prides itself on its database features it seems
amazing that one can't switch databases on the fly, as described
above. Can anyone offer any suggestions? TIA


John Ramsden (


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