I'm a complete beginner when it comes to .NET coding. I've been tasked to write a C# database class for the basic connect, dataset, datareader etc functions. It's going to replace existing VB code, so needs to be available to both WIndows apps and Excel VBA.
I've come across the Ent Lib and while it provides most of the functionaility, I like may others can't find a way to use the Database Factory with a dynamic connection string. My boss likes the functionality it provides, but wants to see another layer of encapsulation on top - i.e. a simple connect(connString) to connect to a db.
Is it worth looking at Ent Lib for this purpose or am I better off starting from scratch? Can anyone provide a wrapper that encapsulates the functionality I need?