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.



Comments (2)

  1. Anonymous says:

    Os the source code available?

  2. Rob C says:


    I built a C# .NET desktop app and have embedded a SQL Express database within it.  My question is, do I need to install the entire SQLExpress install for this to work?

    I’m really disappointed if this is the case.  It means huge downloads for my end users.  The .NET Framework is bad enough, but to add on the SQLExpress seems so bulky.  My installed project comes in at just under 8Mb.

    Is there a way to do a lightweight install of Express to meet my needs?

    Your help would be greatly appreciated.