.NET provider to connect to AS400..........


Does anyone know any .NET provider to connect to AS400.  I want to write an asp.net app to connect to AS400.  Any comments/suggestions?

cm
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chandukbAsked:
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caslanConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Here is an example of how I am performing a connection to the 400

In my example I store the connection settings within the Web.config file.

<configuration>

    <appSettings>
          <add key="Conn400" value="Provider=IBMDA400;Password=password;User ID=loginname;DATA SOURCE=Your400"></add>
    </appSettings>

Within dataaccess function:
'This will get the connection string from the web.config(safe storage of your connect string)
        Dim conn400 As New OleDb.OleDbConnection(ConfigurationSettings.AppSettings("Conn400"))
       
        conn400.Open()
        Try
           'your code here
        Catch ex As Exception
           'error handling
        Finally
            conn400.Close()
End Try

Hope this helps and good luck.
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chandukbAuthor Commented:
caslan,

I am interested in .NET provider only.  I already have an applicaton with oledb connection, but I am trying to convert it to asp.net app with .net provider.  Do you know, where can I find .net provider.  Thanx

cm
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caslanCommented:
cm,

Do you have IBM Client Access?
We are currently using IBM Client Access 5.2...

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chandukbAuthor Commented:
Yes,

we have Client Access, but it doesn't have .NET provicer, it has only olddb(IBMDA400) provider, but I am looking for .Net pr0vider, so that I can use all .Net features like data sets etc.,

Thanx
cm
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caslanCommented:
cm.

I may be misunderstanding. You should be able to make a connection to the datasource using the IBMDA400.Datasource.1 provider that comes with Client Access.  Using Dataset, etc should still be possible.

Create the connection within VS.NET, and you should be able to drag and drop datasets into your work environment.  It is a little flakey, but it gets the job done.

Let me know if this helps or if you need more assistance.  I have been working with this provider the past year, I am not an expert but I have used it extensively within my current project.  

HTH
caslan
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chandukbAuthor Commented:
caslan,

IBMDA400 allows only oledb provider connections and allows recordset processing.  I am looking for .Net provider due to performance benefit of using Datasets with bulk inserts/updates.

I was searching on the net and found the following:

http://www-1.ibm.com/servers/eserver/iseries/access/windows/beta.html#overview

probably, this is the .Net provider I am looking for and it is in Beta.  I will try to find more infor on this.  Any comments?

Thank You
cm
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MarcoMi66Commented:
If I am not wrong a .NET provider will be included in iSeries Access starting from V5R3 (i think expected in June)
If you cannot wait, here is the address of a well-known producer of Data Access Driver for iSeries.
http://www.hitsw.com/products_services/sql400/sql400.html
Marco
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