Cannot establish a Connection from Vb.NET to SQL Server. None of the exapmles is running!

Hallo everyone,

I have succesfully programmed (got the code from someone else) a windows service in .NET.
So far this service is running a timer and executing whatever I want after a specific period.

I am an oldschool ASP scripter. My functions are all written in VBScript on ASP Webpages. Now suddenly I have to realize a monitoring service that can react on specific Logfile information in textfiles and that can generate (INSERT!) some other data on the same db. So I realized that my service calls an invisible Internet Explorer window that opens my old ASP Page. The ASP looks into the LOG File and can react by inserting data to SQL Server.

It works, but i FEEL that is NOT the best solution...  :)

So I want my service to opne the text file, evaluate the data and wrinte into SQL Server.

My problem: I cannot get ANY .NET Application open a connection to SQL Server and read, add or manipulate some data. I have tried several examples from lots of different Webpages and forums but it never runs.
I use Framework 1.1 and VB Studio 2003.

Can anyone please give my some running code that INSERTS data into my SQL Database - for 80 Points, all that is left  ;)

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Here one of the examples NOT running:  
(I have tested the Db Connection not in my service project but always with a new Win Application Project)

I get the following error in the mySQLConnection.open() - line.

A not handeled Exception from type 'System.Data.SqlClient.SqlException' appeared in system.data.dll.
Additional Information: Systemerror.


'-----------------------------------------
Imports System.Data
Imports System.Data.SqlClient

Public Class Form1
    Inherits System.Windows.Forms.Form

#Region " Vom Windows Form Designer generierter Code "
'(...)
#End Region

    Private Sub Form1_Load(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles MyBase.Load
        Dim myDataReader As SqlDataReader
        Dim mySqlConnection As SqlConnection
        Dim mySqlCommand As SqlCommand
        mySqlConnection = New SqlConnection("server=(local)\VSdotNET;uid=test;pwd=test;database=northwind")
        mySqlCommand = New SqlCommand("SELECT EmployeeID, LastName, FirstName, Title, ReportsTo FROM Employees", mySqlConnection)
        mySqlConnection.Open()
        myDataReader = mySqlCommand.ExecuteReader(CommandBehavior.CloseConnection)
        Do While (myDataReader.Read())
            Console.Write(myDataReader.GetInt32(0).ToString() + Chr(9))
            Console.Write(myDataReader.GetString(2) + " " + myDataReader.GetString(1) + Chr(9))
            Console.Write(myDataReader.GetString(3) + Chr(9))
            If (myDataReader.IsDBNull(4)) Then
                Console.Write("N/A" + Chr(10))
            Else
                Console.Write(myDataReader.GetInt32(4).ToString() + Chr(10))
            End If
        Loop
        myDataReader.Close()
        mySqlConnection.Close()
    End Sub
End Class
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MPKRAsked:
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MajinLokiConnect With a Mentor Commented:
mySqlConnection = New SqlConnection("server=(local)\VSdotNET;uid=test;pwd=test;database=northwind")

I'm not sure this is correct syntax.  Try this instead

mySqlConnection = New SqlConnection("server=localhost;uid=test;pwd=test;database=northwind")

Let me know if that works.

Majin Loki
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AlexFMCommented:
This is my connection string for MSDE,maybe such format will work for you:

"Server=alex_comp\VSDOTNET;DataBase=northwind;Integrated Security=SSPI;"
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MajinLokiCommented:
hmmm...let me show you a sample connection that I have used.

server=localhost;trusted_connection=true;database=eCRM;

where eCRM is the name of my database.
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MajinLokiCommented:
In my experiece using htis SQL statement, the program will use the database using the users Windows Login as the user.  So, you have to set the user up to be able to do what you want them to do on the SQL server.  if you allow public to read from your database, then you will be fine for adding, inserting and reading.  Deleteing requires special permisssion, unless that user is an administrator on the database.
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JarodtweissCommented:
When you have a doubt on a connection string, check it here !
http://www.connectionstrings.com
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MPKRAuthor Commented:
OK so far that has helped me!!!!!

I am getting data now, I did not see the Instance
"(server=(local)\VSdotNET;)"
after the (local), I don't have this instance...! :)

Ok, now I want to INSERT insetead of Select Data, can anyone give the example (I think DataReader is not the right one eh?)

Thanks!
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MajinLokiCommented:
mySqlCommand = New SqlCommand("INSERT INTO tablename VALUES('col1','col2')",mySqlConnection)
mySqlCommand.ExecuteNonQuery()

if the column is a string or date, put single quites around it.  if it is null or a number, do not put quotes around it.
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