RE: Require suggestions for a tool to format sql strings to vb.net

Hello All,

I'm currently devloping vb.net asp controls and in many instances have to pass an sql string to SQL 2000/ 2005. So, for example, I'll be passing this string to an SQL database:

cSQL = "INSERT INTO aTable (f1, f2, f3,f4) VALUES ('" & cWRRNo & "','" & txtNotes.Text & "','" & "" & "','" & "1')"

I'm using Visual Web Developer to develop the code.

However, as anyone knows who has had to format many of these strings, it can be long and frustrating work to correctly format the string.

Is there a software tool I can use to ease this formatting? I also use Visual Studio 2005, but can't see any utilities in there.

Any help gratefully received.
smileyMilesAsked:
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Éric MoreauSenior .Net ConsultantCommented:
have you tried string.format?

cSQL = string.format("INSERT INTO aTable (f1, f2, f3,f4) VALUES ('{0}', '{1}', '', 1)",  cWRRNo, txtNotes.Text)
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smileyMilesAuthor Commented:
No I didn't think to try that!

Good solution, makes life a lot easier :-)

Thanks a lot for the response.

Miles
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Anthony PerkinsCommented:
And you have not added that you have to escape all apostrophe's...

How about instead doing like most professional software developers and use parametized queries or better still Stored Procedures and skip all that mess.
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smileyMilesAuthor Commented:
It is a mess to format strings correctly, that is for sure. However, I don't see how using SP's can help?
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