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Using DataLinks to get or edit a connection string

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Accessing DataLinks from a .NET program to get or edit a connection string.

Sample Image - DataLinks.gif

Introduction

A similar article was written on this subject but this article deals with accessing DataLinks from a .NET program to get or edit a connection string. Your project must reference DataLinks and ADODB, then execute the PromptNew or PromptEdit methods.

Step by step procedure

  1. Reference ADODB in your project. This is required to read the COM object passed back from DataLinks. This file is located here: c:\Program Files\Microsoft.NET\Primary Interop Assemblies\adodb.dll
  2. Reference DataLinks in your project. DataLinks used to be MSDASC.dll, but has changed to OLEDB32.DLL (see KB). This file is located here: C:\Program Files\Common Files\System\Ole DB\OLEDB32.DLL
  3. Create a text box and a button on a Windows Form. In the button's click event, use this code:
private void ButtonGetConnectionString_Click(object sender, 
  System.EventArgs e)
{
   /* 
        Reference DataLinks
        NOTE: Reference 
              C:\Program Files\Common Files\System\Ole DB\OLEDB32.DLL
              (Was MSDASC.dll) 
        SEE:
           http://support.microsoft.com:80/support/kb/articles/Q225/1/32.asp
   */
      MSDASC.DataLinks dataLinks = new MSDASC.DataLinksClass();
      //note that a reference to: 
      //  c:\Program Files\Microsoft.NET\Primary Interop Assemblies\adodb.dll
      //is also required to read the ADODB._Connection result
      ADODB._Connection connection;                         
      //are we editing an existing connect string or getting a new one?
      if(this.txtConnectionString.Text==String.Empty)
      {     
            // get a new connection string
            try   
            {           
               //Prompt user for new connect string
               connection = (ADODB._Connection)dataLinks.PromptNew();
               //read result
               this.txtConnectionString.Text=
                    connection.ConnectionString.ToString();
            }
            catch(Exception ex)     
            {
                  MessageBox.Show(ex.ToString());     
            }
      }
      else
      {     
            // edit connection string
            connection=new ADODB.ConnectionClass();
            connection.ConnectionString=this.txtConnectionString.Text;
            //set local COM compatible data type
            object oConnection=connection;
            try   
            {     
                  //prompt user to edit the given connect string
                  if((bool)dataLinks.PromptEdit(ref oConnection))
                  {
                        this.txtConnectionString.Text=
                             connection.ConnectionString;
                  }
            }
            catch(Exception ex)
            {
                  MessageBox.Show(ex.ToString());     
            }
      }
}

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Comments and Discussions

 
Question64 / 32 bit drivers? Pinmemberrichardbrigzy21-Sep-12 15:02 
AnswerRe: 64 / 32 bit drivers? Pinmemberjonpetitta18-Aug-14 9:08 
GeneralProblem with the waitcursor PinmemberPrimozPayton25-Aug-08 2:44 
GeneralSqlClient Issue with Provider Property PinmemberBrady Kelly28-Jul-07 23:07 
GeneralNo need for interop PinmemberSergey Prokhorenko24-Jun-07 23:38 
There's no need for ADO interop assembly. We can use the same method to get the connection string:
 
string connstr = (string)str.GetType().InvokeMember("ConnectionString", BindingFlags.GetProperty, null, str, new object[0]);

GeneralRe: No need for interop PinmemberSergey Prokhorenko24-Jun-07 23:42 
GeneralRe: No need for interop PinmemberBrady Kelly28-Jul-07 22:58 
GeneralRe: No need for interop PinmemberMember 871442120-Nov-13 4:10 
GeneralSpeed Pinmemberakorolev103-Oct-04 0:24 
GeneralGreat! Give me exact what I am looking for Pinmemberzhoulhh1-Jul-04 7:39 
GeneralPromptEdit(ref connectionString) PinmemberUnderEducated10-Mar-04 10:33 
GeneralRe: PromptEdit(ref connectionString) PinmemberDanMayer10-Mar-04 10:55 
GeneralRe: PromptEdit(ref connectionString) PinmemberUnderEducated10-Mar-04 12:03 
GeneralRe: PromptEdit(ref connectionString) [modified] Pinmembermlgray3-Jul-06 23:06 
GeneralRe: PromptEdit(ref connectionString) Pinmemberyetty200026-Oct-07 6:10 
GeneralRe: Very Slow... PinmemberVHsu13-Feb-04 19:41 
GeneralRe: Very Slow... PinmemberDanMayer14-Feb-04 6:45 
GeneralRe: Very Slow... Pinsussmgarins19-Feb-04 4:20 
GeneralRe: Very Slow... PinmemberRicardo Casquete17-Feb-06 23:55 

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