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If VistaDB was a woman... I'd marry it.
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Written by WATYF on Friday, 11 November 2005 (13386 hits)
Category: .NET Programming

...or rather... if VistaDB was a woman... and I wasn't already married... and I was into chicks who were thread-safe and crash-safe.... then I'd marry it.

Since it is (by far) the most popular article on my blog, I'm assuming that anyone reading this knows about my long and painfully tortuous journey through the dregs of .NET embedded databases in an attempt to find a stable backend for TaskRunner. Well... I have finally arrived at a solution which I am perfectly content with. (yes, I realize that's bad grammer... sue me.)

Last you heard, I was going ahead with my implementation of SharpHSQL as the backend. I had a few "issues", but I thought I had a way of getting around them... well.... that has all changed.

Copying data from one database to another using ADO.NET...
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Written by WATYF on Monday, 07 November 2005 (23432 hits)
Category: .NET Programming

I had a little task I wanted to perform. And this was one of those times where it wasn't as easy as my little pea-brain had imagined it would be. Basically, I wanted to copy data from a table in one database into an identical table in another database. You'd think that there would be a very straightforward way to do this using the amazing new ADO.NET... and believe it or not... there is.

"So what's the problem?", you ask? Well... apparently... NO ONE ON THE ENTIRE FREAKING INTERNET HAS EVER POSTED A SAMPLE OF HOW TO DO IT!!%#!%!

*aaah*... and that's where I come in....

VistaDB 2.1 database for .NET has been released...
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Written by WATYF on Monday, 31 October 2005 (12180 hits)
Category: .NET Programming

VistaDB just put out a new version of their .NET embedded database. Here's the blurb from their site:

This 2.1 update includes over 60 improvements, including new support for .NET 2.0 and Visual Studio .NET 2005. VistaDB is a small-footprint, embedded SQL database alternative to Jet/Access, MSDE and SQL Server Express 2005 that enables developers to build .NET 1.1 and .NET 2.0 applications. Features SQL-92 support, small 500KB embedded footprint, free 2-User VistaDB Server for remote TCP/IP data access, royalty free distribution for both embedded and server, Copy 'n Go! deployment, managed ADO.NET Provider, data management and data migration tools. Free trial is available for download.
- Learn more about VistaDB
- Repost this to your blog and receive a FREE copy of VistaDB 2.1!

I'm still running into problems with the integrity of SharpHSQL, and even though I had trouble with the trial version of VistaDB in the past, I am looking forward to trying to integrate this new version into TaskRunner. The instabilities of #HSQL are getting to the point where I can't even code enough to account for them all, so it's time to take a serious look in another direction, and hopefully, VistaDB will be it...
Enumerating an... um... enumerator.
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Written by WATYF on Wednesday, 28 September 2005 (7764 hits)
Category: .NET Programming

Here's a little tip I picked up... I figured I'd pass it along.

Let's say you've got an enumerator... lets also say that you want to give your user the option to pick one of the items in that enumerator by using a ComboBox (or ListBox or whatever). Well... once they pick which item they want, the combobox returns a plain ol' string, not an item from the enumerator. Well what good does that do you? Now you've got this string, and you need to convert it to the corresponding value of that item in the enumerator... So what do you do? How do you take a String and quickly and easily return it's corresponding value from an Enumerator.... Well, how 'bout I show you.

Doing Microsoft's job for them... again.
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Written by WATYF on Sunday, 28 August 2005 (17906 hits)
Category: .NET Programming

In an earlier piece, I detailed all the trials an tribulations I endured while trying to deal with the problems and shortcomings of the VS.NET installer (i.e. the MSI file generated by a Setup and Deployment project). Well, you can consider this article to be Part II of that miserable saga.

It's bad enough that some of the most basic and common functionality of installers isn't available in the .NET Setup and Deployment project... but what makes it worse is just how hard it can be to implement some of the simplest features into your installation process.... and that's where I come in. I subject myself to hours of unimaginable misery, just so you don't have to... but that's just the kinda guy I am.

But before I tell you all you need to know about hacking up your very own MSI files, let's list off all the things that a VS.NET Setup and Deployment project won't do for you...

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