Connecting vb.net 2003 (.net framework 1.1) with mysql

All,

I would like to design a GUI to connect to a MySQL database on my local machine.  I tried to use VB.net 2003 to do this but for the MySQL version 5.0.8 I needed the MySQL Connect/Net and it required .net Framework 2.0.  I installed .net Framework 2.0 and it doesn't work with Visual Studio .net 2003.

How can I connect a database using MySQL with Visual Studio .net 2003?  What programs do I need to download?  Is there a version of MySQL that I can download that will let my use the .net framework 1.1 instead of 2.0 for ODBC and ADO connection strings?

I started this project using Oracle but the overhead required by using Oracle was more than I wanted to spend in resources to design this database/GUI.

Thanks,

Rick
rchrdreaAsked:
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sognoctConnect With a Mentor Commented:
For using Visual Studio .net 2003 you should remove framework 2.0, install framework 1.1 and then you can connect to the mysql database using OleDB or ODBC (which are included into the framework)
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sognoctCommented:
you can use framework 2.0 with the free Visual Studio 2005 Express Edition
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Bob LearnedCommented:
For web site development, you would need to download Visual Web Developer, because the VB.NET 2005 Express won't let you create web sites.

Bob
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sognoctCommented:
Visual Web Developer express  does ... but I have never used it
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rchrdreaAuthor Commented:
Sognoct and TheLearnedOne,

I don't want to download another programming software package.  I had considered getting VS 2005, but declined because I am cheap.

I have 2003 I think that this should be enough for basic .NET programming.

At the moment I don't have a desire to put database work that I have done for personal use on the internet.  No web development.

sognoct I think you answered my question with oledb and ODBC.  I will see if I can make this work and get back to you.

thanks,

R
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rchrdreaAuthor Commented:
Sognoct,

You almost answered what I needed.

Since i didn't know the name of the reference that I could use for the ODBC and OLEDB connections between vb.net 2003 and mysql I did some more internet searching, and downloaded MySQL Connector/Net 1.0.

After I had installed it the MySQL.Data.dll file showed up in my references in vb.net 2003 and I was able to use it to connect to my database.

Thanks,

R
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