Add SQL loader Reference to VB.net project

Posted on 2010-01-12
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Last Modified: 2012-05-08
What do I need to add to my VB solution to be able to execute SQL loader within my windows application?
Question by:jln1980
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by:Bob Learned
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That is a pretty vague question.  What database are you using?  What do you mean by "SQL Loader"?

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ID: 26304713
I am using Oracle. I want to be able to automate the running of this application sqlldr.exe from a windows app.
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by:Bob Learned
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You should be able to use the Process.Start to execute any executable, like SQLLDR.EXE.


Process.Start Method
Imports System
Imports System.Diagnostics
Imports System.ComponentModel

Namespace MyProcessSample

    Class MyProcess

        Public Shared Sub Main()
            Dim myProcess As New Process()

            Try                ' Get the path that stores user documents.

                myProcess.StartInfo.UseShellExecute = False
                ' You can start any process, HelloWorld is a do-nothing example.
                myProcess.StartInfo.FileName = "C:\\HelloWorld.exe"
                myProcess.StartInfo.CreateNoWindow = True
                ' This code assumes the process you are starting will terminate itself. 
                ' Given that is is started without a window so you cannot terminate it 
                ' on the desktop, it must terminate itself or you can do it programmatically
                ' from this application using the Kill method.
            Catch e As Exception
            End Try
        End Sub 'Main
    End Class
End Namespace

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Author Comment

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Im hoping that there is a DLL that i can add to my application that will give me addtional options over just running the exe.
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Bob Learned earned 1000 total points
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I don't use Oracle anymore--SQL Server these days, so I don't have any knowledge of DLLs that you could use.  Hopefully, adding the Oracle zone will give you a better class of expert, that would know that.

I see references like this, that talk about calling the .exe:

calling SQLLDR from C# (ASP.NET)
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3] earned 1000 total points
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there is no dll for that, just the exe...

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