• Status: Solved
  • Priority: Medium
  • Security: Public
  • Views: 995
  • Last Modified:

C# Offline Mode

Hello experts,

I am creating a distributed application which utliizes a central database to manage data.  I would like allow users to store some data offline so that, in the case that they are not connected to the internet or the SQL server is down, they are still able to view existing data and perform offline functions.

There are two problems I have with this implementation.

(1) How can I check whether the user is connected to the internet or not
(2) How can I check whether the SQL server is running (assuming the user is online)

Thanks,

-T
0
TLevin10
Asked:
TLevin10
  • 3
  • 2
1 Solution
 
dttriCommented:
Greetings,
(1): You can check internet connection with this:
http://www.codeproject.com/cs/internet/internetconnection_status.asp
(2): To check the SQL Server is running or not, just connect to it (assume that your internet connection is OK) using a username and password and get the result back.

Hope this help
0
 
TLevin10Author Commented:
Hi dttri,

Thanks for the quick response.

(1) Checking Internet Connection - This is a very interesting approach and I will try it out.  Good information :)

(2) Checking SQL Server - Maybe I'm wrong, but this seems like a bit of a hack - I don't want to be constantly trying to connect to the SQL server in order to check its status, causing excess traffic.  Is there some sort of function to do this which is not a try/catch block I am executing repeatedly, or am I just responsible for wrapping all of my SQL queries in a try/catch and catching the SQL Excpetion?

Thanks
0
 
dttriCommented:
Hi TLevin10,
For the second question, I think using the way I mentioned will cost bandwidth, but it's not a bad idea ;). You can use the reverse: get SQL Server let you know that it's running by constant sending your program some signal at specific interval. But this way will cost bandwidth also! I think most of the programs using one of the ways I suggest. The different is the time interval to check. The shorter time, the more correct your get but the more traffic also. Do you know Yahoo! Messenger? I use it everyday and I think it display the online status of users by constant checking connection with them. Because of the way it check online status, it's not perfect; for example, when someone get disconnected suddenly (eg, because of power problem) it still display their status as "online" although it's not.
0
 
TLevin10Author Commented:
Interesting... I will award the points, since it seems there are a variety of solutions to the problem...
0
 
dttriCommented:
Thanks for the points TLevin10 :-)
0

Featured Post

Industry Leaders: We Want Your Opinion!

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!

  • 3
  • 2
Tackle projects and never again get stuck behind a technical roadblock.
Join Now