connection to MS SQL server using delphi 7 Professional

what is the best way to connect to MS SQL server using delphi 7 Pro??

I dont mind paying for a component.......

I have seen dbexpress from crlab.com


comments anyone???
alchemy9Asked:
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geobulCommented:
Hi,

I use ADO components which are built in Delphi (using 'Microsoft OLE DB Provider for SQL Server' in the connection string) and have no problems.

Regards, Geo
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alchemy9Author Commented:
is the ole db provider included with professional or only enterprise

just seen this link as possible atlernatives

http://www.kylecordes.com/bag/index.html
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nick-pCommented:
The best way is actually through ADO...

Create a connection object, and click the connectionstring option and select the 'Microsoft OLE DB Provider for SQL Server'...

Make sure you are using a nt based system, because this doesn't work well with 95/98/ME, at least from my experience...
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nick-pCommented:
I forgot to add... make sure you update your MDAC to 2.8... Go to microsoft's download page...
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Wim ten BrinkSelf-employed developerCommented:
Personally I prefer ADO. But you have to decide if you want to use the ADO component sets or import the ADO type library directly. If you want to create a multi-tier application then I would suggest to import the type library. This will keep the serverside DLL's a bit smaller and better optimized. But for a simple desktop application with a database connection the ADO components should be more than good enough. And they are already part of D7Pro! :-)

ADO works a bit like the BDE. You have a connection, which is similar to a database in BDE. You have ADOTables and ADOQueries which are similar to TTable and TQuery components. You have a TADODataset which is a bit more generic component which is more useful if you create a multitier application. And you have the ADOCommand which can be used to call stored procedures, execute queries that don't return recordsets and some other uses. But of course you can also use ADOStoredProc to call a stored procedure.
ADO also offers the RDSConnection component which can be used to connect to a remote system and let the remote system call the database but this is only useful combined with the ADODataset component. I haven't found much use for it yet.

I hope you didn't mean MySQL instead of MS SQL. For MySQL you better use dbExpress instead.
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