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Custom Configuration SQL Connection String Section

, 23 Jan 2006 CPOL 79K 888 24
This solution demonstrates enforcing valid SQL connection strings in the App.Config file.
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Copyright (c) 2005 Theodore William Bouskill

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using System;

using System.Data;
using System.Data.SqlClient;

namespace CodeProject
	/// <summary>Container class for static SQL Tools</summary>
	public class SqlTools
		/// <summary>Private CTOR because all methods are static</summary>
		private SqlTools() {}

		/// <summary>
		/// This method uses a dummy SQL statement to validate a SqlConnection String
		/// </summary>
		/// <param name="inSqlConnectionString">Required</param>
		/// <returns>true if the SqlConnection String is valid</returns>
		public static bool IsValidSqlConnectionString(SqlConnectionString inSqlConnectionString)
			bool bValidSqlConnectionString = false;

				using (SqlConnection sqlConnection = new SqlConnection(inSqlConnectionString.ToString()))
					sqlConnection.InfoMessage += new SqlInfoMessageEventHandler(OnInfoMessage);

					// Method #1
					/*using (SqlCommand sqlCommand = new SqlCommand("SELECT * FROM dbo.udfThisFunctionIsFake()", sqlConnection))
						sqlCommand.CommandType = CommandType.Text;
					// Method #2
					using (SqlCommand sqlCommand = new SqlCommand("dbo.spThisFunctionIsFake", sqlConnection))
						sqlCommand.CommandType = CommandType.StoredProcedure;

				bValidSqlConnectionString = true;
			catch (SqlException exception)
				// exception Numbers 208 & 2812 mean the SqlConnectionString was valid, but the dummy T-SQL failed
				bValidSqlConnectionString = ((exception.Number == 208) || (exception.Number == 2812));
				bValidSqlConnectionString = false;

			return bValidSqlConnectionString;

		protected static void OnInfoMessage(object sender, SqlInfoMessageEventArgs args)
			foreach (SqlError err in args.Errors)
						"The {0} has received a severity {1}, state {2} error number {3}\non line {4} of procedure {5} on server {6}:\n{7}",
						err.Source, err.Class, err.State, err.Number, err.LineNumber, err.Procedure, err.Server, err.Message

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About the Author

Ted Bouskill
Software Developer (Senior)
Canada Canada
Very experienced Senior Software Developer/Manager with natural leadership and proven project management skills.

Started in Civil Engineering leading the integration of PC's into the Engineering process as a Design/Drafting Technician as well as an in-house Software Developer then transitioned into a full time Software Development career in the early 90's.

Ability to change and adapt has led to diverse experience with a wide array of technology and roles from graphics or web development to designing line of business enterprise applications.

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