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SQL database viewer, or how to get contents of DB file?

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I am beginning to write a program on Windows using .NET C# and Sqlite. I have an existing .db file from another application...I assume this is a SQL database. Forgive me for my ignorance, but I'm not familiar with databases much at all.

Anyway my first problem is...what is in this .db file? Is there a freeware/opensource viewer I can use to see the contents? OR, can I get the contents programmatically? Of all the examples and tutorials I have found about SQL databases, I haven't found a query string that just gets all of the table names, and their column names, etc. It's like you have to already know that. But I didn't create the database though.

Any help would be appreciated, thanks!
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by:NickUpson
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You first have to find out what database this file comes from, without that there is
very little you can do. When you know the answer that will probably tell you that installation of that product is necessary
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by:gunn
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Hmmmm, ok. All I have been told so far is that they (Snapstream BeyondTV developers) are using SQLite. I'll ask around more on their forums...
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by:ngolovin
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Here: http://bobmanc.home.comcast.net/sqlitecc.html

should be exactly what you need.

"SQLite Control Center is a visual tool for working with SQLite database files"
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by:gunn
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Great, thanks. I'll check it out.
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If you are using Visual Studio.NEt you can connect to you database file with ease.  Use the Server Explorer and the SQL adapters.  Then create a datagrid to load the table.  With the right tutorial it will take you miniutes.  You can View and Edit you DB file.  Build the program and use it as an edit utility.
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