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I recently designed an Acess DB, which became quite extensive.  In the data base I found code snipplets that allowed me to interact w/ outlook inorder to things such as generate email, schedule calander events, and set tasks.  THe snipplets I used was in VB.  I now would like to desgin this databse to be a stand alone application inwhich it interacts with SQL as opossed to MSaccess.  I have mirrored the table set up on SQLexpress server on my laptop, to make a backend.  I would like to use VB to desing the front, but I am having trouble figuring out where to begin.  I am assuming I want to create a data project.  I am having difficulty linking the ODBC source I made from the SQL database intstance to forms.  Does any one know any good tutorials that I could use as a guideline to aclomate myself with desgining a frontend app for a SQL backend?

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you do not need a Data Project - that is a project used to set up the Daabase itself, which you say you have already done.

Just create a Standard Windows project, and use the Servers tab to connect to your database, and then you can create the needed Command and Connection objects using the Wizards in VS 2005

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Thank you.  What about if I wanted to use "packaging" once I am done writting the front end to the databse and do something with install shield so that it would install sqlexpress, the databse, and create the odbc connection for the front end.  By doing it in the aboove method will it be an easy transistion to packaging?
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it should be, but that is a ways down stream.  You need to learn how to work with VB.NET first, then worry about creating an installation project.  Don't put the cart before the horse.

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Thank you.  I have hit a new roadblock.  I have fiurged out how to bind the sql databse to a windows form, but when I load the form I would like it create a new record.  I am use to using the VB in access in whcih I would use line of code in the loading section of the for like this DoCmd.GoToRecord , , acNewRec , this however doesn't seem to work.  Do you have any suggestions?
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