Microsoft Access database that reads and extracts website data – file download

I wrote about this technology some time back at Pulse Infomatics. Using the Microsoft Internet Controls, the HTMLDocument object, and VBA, you can read and extract data from almost any website.

This can be used to periodically look for changes on a website or pull data for use into your own analysis tool. We’ve had several clients use us to build tools on this technology.

A little over a month ago, a reader – unable to get the sample code working – asked if I would provide a fully working database. If that interest you, you may download that database from the Pulse site.


If you have questions about it, please feel free to ask. And let me know if you are successful in using it for your own needs.

Episode 26 – DO NOT withhold information to artificially bolster your value as an IT professional

Are you withholding information about what you, believing you are more valuable if no one else has this information? This is a common practice among IT professionals. It demonstrates a lack of confidence in your actual value to your employer.

Do NOT Withhold Information to Artificially Bolster Your Value

Listen to episode 26 below or download here.

Episode 25 – Learning New Technology and Identifying the Next HOT Technology

Does learning new technology give you anxiety? What about knowing which technology to learn? This discussion will help.


Learning New Technology & The Next HOT Technology

Listen to episode 25 below of download here.

Key Content:

  • Market relevance is important but is solved by better understanding business need.
  • You aren’t too late to learn a popular technology.
  • There are unfilled or under-filled positions.
  • Beware the “my technology is the ‘best’ technology” myth.
  • Work on a real but small (1 month to 6 weeks) project to learn new technology.
  • Do not study what you know.. only what you do not know.

What tips do you have for learning new technology? What questions do you have?

And please share this podcast.

Episode 24 – Permission Granted

Are you waiting for that class next semester or your employer to give you a project and permission to learn new technology? If so, this podcast is for you.

I give you permission (duration: 6:46)

Listen to Episode 24 below or download here.

And you can always subscribe on iTunes or your favorite podcast app. I use Pocket Cast for Android.

Here is a picture of the book I mention in the podcast. It is how I started to learn programming.

ISBN 0-8104-5626-5, Hayden Book Company

ISBN 0-8104-5626-5, Hayden Book Company

Episode 23 – Political rants are career suicide

A tightened up and more succinct podcast format.
Listening time: 5:29

Listen below or download the episode here:

Mentioned (links):

“To the other guy, you are the other guy.”

Podcast Summary:

Frothy-mouthed and angry political rants do little to change anyone’s opinion – but even for those who agree with you – portray the “ranter” as emotionally challenged. It’s fine to hold an opinion – everyone does – but maintain some decency if you must (and you probably do not need to) engage in online debate.

Agree or disagree? I’d love to hear from you.