a few c# simple windows application questions

hi all, im just about to begin converting my asp.net cms to a windows application

jsut a few dumb questions as this is my first effort...

1. so i have one main form then all other forms are childforms?
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2. how do i preview a a form? i keep pressing debug but it only loads the first form i created and i have no menu on that yey
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3. theres no repeater! i heard you can customise the datagrid to do the same though? can we make it look pretty?
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4. once ready to deploy do i create a package then distribute? also how would i preform updates?
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5. would the app be fine having to remoteley connect to an sql server?
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6. when i was creating a dataset it gave me a warning about no security on the connection, how do i apply it or is this not nessecary?
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Thanks alot guys
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DhaestConnect With a Mentor Commented:
>> so i have one main form then all other forms are childforms

That's depending of your application. Mostly we speak of childforms in an MDI-environment
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa983667(v=vs.71).aspx

>> how do i preview a a form?

Or you have to set it as startup-form (Right click on the project go to properties. Under "Startup Object" select which form you want to use) or add a button/menu/... where you call the new form
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DhaestConnect With a Mentor Commented:
>> once ready to deploy do i create a package then distribute? also how would i preform updates?

Deployment possibilities:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/6hbb4k3e.aspx
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awilderbeastAuthor Commented:
ok so for example in a website id have

MAIN MENU
Home
Companies
Clients

SUB MENU - COMPANIES
Info
Staff
History
Attachments

so would i have one main form with main menu in
sub menu with the comanpanies sub loaded on click

then child forms for info, staff, history, attach...

or would everything have its own form?

Thanks
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DhaestConnect With a Mentor Commented:
>> Some c# windows questions --> and now you say: example in a website  ... :)

It's all depending of your own design... You can work with mainforms, you can work with other forms. It's all depending of the interaction that you need between your forms ....
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awilderbeastAuthor Commented:
well im converting from website to app arent i :P

well for example after a company is loaded, the company ID needs to be available for all sub company forms

if i used main forms for all my pages, when i click a button to go to a different form the screen doesnt flicker or open another form ontop does it, it opens it in place (like a webpage would? lol)
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DhaestConnect With a Mentor Commented:
You can do something like that, fe by using an MDI-application (see link earlier).

You than have a mainwindow, in wich you can show the subforms
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awilderbeastAuthor Commented:
remaining questions

datagrid can i customise/style it?

remote connection to sql, is that good practice?

sql intergrated security how do enable that?

Thanks
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DhaestConnect With a Mentor Commented:
>> remote connection to sql, is that good practice?
What exactly do you mean with this ? Mostly I work with another server that is hosting the database (not local)

Customizing the Windows Forms DataGrid
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms996485.aspx

How to: Access SQL Server Using Windows Integrated Security
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bsz5788z.aspx

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