Embedding SQL Server Express into Custom Applications

Rob Walters, from the SQL Team, and I worked on an article for working with SQL Express in Windows Forms applications.  There are a couple of quirks when it comes to Click Once that have been included in this MSDN article. http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/dnsse/html/EmSQLExCustApp.asp Steve


Building SQL manually considered harmful

I just got done fixing a painful bug. The long and short of it is that I had code like this (simplified a lot for brevity): Public Sub StoreSyncDate() Dim sql As String = “insert into SyncTimes (ObjectID, SyncDate) values ({0}, ‘{1}’)” sql = String.Format(sql, Me.ID, DateTime.Now) Me.Executequery(sql) End Sub On my machine, sql gets…


How do I get to the generated code?

In order to get to the code that is auto-generated by Visual Studio, follow these steps:            1. In the menu, select View -> Solution Explorer            2. In Solution Explorer, click the “Show all Files” icon at the top            3. Expand the file (e.g. Dataset1.xsd) that you want the generated code for             4. Double click on the corresponding Designer file (e.g. Dataset1.Designer.vb) to open…


Data Sources window is inactive in Design View

On certain machines, after installing Visual Studio 2005, the contents of the Data Sources window disappears when a design surface that allows drag and drop from the Data Sources window is active. For example, the Windows Forms designer, User Control Designer, etc… The cause of this issue is how VS processes the list of associated…


Installing Northwind on SqlExpress

When performing a default install of Visual Studio 2005 an instance of Sql Server Express edition is installed. Unfortunately there are no sample databases included with Sql Express. (http://lab.msdn.microsoft.com/express/sql/) I’ve had more than a few people ask how to get the Northwind sample database loaded into Sql Express so here are some step-by-step directions for getting Northwind up…