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How to add areference to SQLClient for Smart Device CE 5.0

Posted on 2008-11-02
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How do I add areference to SQLClient for Smart Device CE 5.0?
Just adding using System.Data.SQLClient to my code doesn't work.
I must need to reference and or install an assembly.  I've searched for a solution, but haven't found clear steps to do this.
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by:alexey_gusev
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add System.Data.SqlServerCe
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by:GaryHoff
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System.Data.SqlServerCe is not a valid namespace either. There are no options in the pulldown when I enter System.Data.  it's like there are no namespaces or classes under Data.  Clearly, there must be an assembly reference or something I must install.  I'll want to access SQL Server 2003 running on a server from the smart device running CE 5.0.
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by:GaryHoff
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I figured it out. I had to add the reference manually.  First search for the file System.Data.SqlClient.dll. I found it in "C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server Compact Edition\v3.1\SDK\bin
\Client\v2.0".  Go to the project solution explorer--> references --> right click --> Add Refrences, browse and navigate to that file and select it.
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by:alexey_gusev
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this question might be argued as if post #22862080 does mention "add" :)
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by:GaryHoff
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Add from where? I knew I needed to add a reference. The key is from where.
SqlServerCe is for Compact SQL, I appreciate the effort, but the reply did not help me.
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SqlServerCe isn't JUST for Compact SQL, generally it is for SQL Server under Windows CE. you can find few editions available, including that one shipped with Visual Studio 2005 (just look within its folder tree).

Anyway, my objection was rather rhetoric :) And to be honest, the question itself was not quite clear about you wanted to know how to add a reference to the project literally. The phrase "Just adding using System.Data.SQLClient to my code doesn't work." is ambiguous. I agree that my response was not enough straightforward to inspire you to click Add->Reference etc :)

So for the future question, please be more specific
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by:GaryHoff
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True, If I would of added that it didn't show up in the reference assembly list that would of helped, but I didn't even know that at the time I did the post. SqlServerCe didn't show up either. Seems odd that those options wouldn't be there by default.  I had go go through about 30 google searches before I put enough info together to figure it out.  I'll give you the points anyway, it did give me something else to search on.
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