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Storing Data locally for Windows App C#

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My boss has asked me to make some of the DataTables local to our application.  We currently use both Oracle and Sql,.  It can be static at runtime (ie, we don't need to "Create" it on opening the application).  I am wondering the best way to do this, so far I have thought of three methods

Store as a binary Resource
cons - Do not know how to do this, cannot read

Store as XML

Store as a serializable class (But I am not sure how to populate a class like so)

We do have a strongly typed dataset we use after populating, I am just having a tough time figuring on how it should all tie in - any suggestions ?
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Use Microsoft  Access
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Since you're saying you already have Strongly Typed DS go for Access.
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Hi,

Don't do this. Use SQL CE via entity framework or Db40 (quite excellent) http://www.db4o.com/s/linqdb.aspx  object database. Also if you want some abstraction put around it with a Repository Pattern check out the great NCommon project on github http://github.com/riteshrao/ncommon  and his blog @ http://www.codeinsanity.com 

Download the code and look at the unit tests as this is where most of the samples are. There is also a sample app. It's a bit heavy going for the uninitiated but you’ll learn a lot about data access TDD and DDD. Also NCommon can be used against other data ORM’s i.e. NHibernate, PLINQO (My favourite), Entity Framework.

Good luck.
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by:gsdevEE
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I probable did not word the question right, so I will spit the point among the answers, but I was going more for something like this :

Mark local XML document as embedded content.
Build the project.  
Read the XML :
 public static StronglyTypesDataSet InstanceofDataSet()
        {
            StronglyTypesDataSet data= new StronglyTypesDataSet ();
            Assembly datasetassembly= Assembly.GetAssembly(typeof(StronglyTypesDataSet ));
            Stream byteStream = reflectivePortal.GetManifestResourceStream(EmbeddedXML);
            XmlReaderSettings settings = new XmlReaderSettings();
            settings.ConformanceLevel = ConformanceLevel.Auto;
            settings.IgnoreWhitespace = true;
            settings.IgnoreComments = true;
            XmlReader xmlReader = XmlReader.Create(byteStream);
            data.ReadXml(xmlReader);
            return data;
        }
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by:gsdevEE
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I was looking for a different better suited solution
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