Using ADODB in VBScript to open AXFs
There may come a time when you need to read and update AXFs outside of ArcPad and ArcGIS. For such scenarios consider using ADODB and Windows Script Host (WScript.exe and CScript.exe). This makes use of the fact that the AXFs are SQL Server Compact databases.
Set con = CreateObject("ADODB.Connection")
con.Provider = "Microsoft.SQLSERVER.MOBILE.OLEDB.3.0"
Set rs = con.Execute("SELECT COUNT(*) FROM POLES")
Using this ADODB technique to manage your AXFs means you can build a library of maintenance, reporting or data conversion scripts which all can run without the need of loading either ArcPad or ArcGIS. This may be a valuable option when building custom solutions.