Aside from having the backup of my mde file on a server, which crashed this morning, i now need to get the source code out of the mde file in some way, shape or form.
Unfortunately i just moved the mdb file onto the server about an hour or so before it crashed, and obviously a backup of the server hadn't been made at that time, so i've lost the original.
So far i've managed to get the tables and the forms out of it, but if anyone has discovered a way to reverse engineer an mde file to get the queries and modules out of it i'd really appreciate it if i could be told.
Hi, I'm no expert on the subject, but as far as I know...an MDE file does not have the source code in it...that's what makes it so much more secure than an MDB file...I'm not sure if you can get the modules or queries out of it...but I'm pretty sure you'll have no luck getting the source code back...
Every server, runs with 2 or more harddisks, for prevent data lost. The data that are being recorded in one hardisk is the same that are being recorded in the others. This is called RAID disks with hot plugg. This is also used to take off and put a new disk without stopping the server. Suppose that a disk doesn't work, crashed for no reason, you can take off the disk with the server working, send it to your supplier, and when you receive the new one, all you have to do is to put it in the server, wich automatically will copy all the data that are in the remaining harddisk to the new one.
So it is probably that your information is safe. All you have to do is recover the harddisks.
To the best of my knowledge, there is no way to recover code from a .mde file. If you moved the mdb from your PC onto the server and there is no way of recovering the lost server data, stop whatever you are doing with your pc NOW and get a decent undelete utility (the moved file won't be in the trashcan).
We've kind of given up on that one im afraid. The development and testing of the mde file was on a development box, and because my work is stingy with the cash, we only had a desktop box to use as a development server (windows 2k Advanced server, SQL 2k).
Ah well, thanks for the help guys, i really appreciate it. Mind you, i wonder if anyone has thought on creating a program that can convert PC code into various other programming languages. Now that would be something to see...
If you think about a program that could read PC Code as per Healdem's previous post, and if the said program had an "intelligent" compiler/decompiler that could examine each and every function of the mde file, then use it's "intelligent" compiler/decompiler to translate the PC Code into a pre-specified programming language to a degree that it could run successfully with a minimum of adpation/user interference then anyone could convert an mde file back to an mdb file, or export the code samples and convert them to the language they are using.
That would be an impressive feat of computer programming.