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Posted on 2013-06-04
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I am trying to take a complex form which exists in one project into another project.

The form has a couple of datasets and about 10 table adaptors.

Is there any way to do this? - I have been trying with a simple form with one table adaptor with no success
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by:Meir Rivkin
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add new class library project and add the complex form with all the datasets and other stuff the form uses.
now u can use the dll in the 2 projects by adding the project reference in visual studio.
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Thanks for the suggestion, but how do I go about this? it is something I have never done before.

I tried creating a class library project then add existing items then copying the items in. It gave the error "The Typed Dataset will Not Compile" etc and overflowed with errors.
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by:Meir Rivkin
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after you create the class library project, copy all relevant files from the explorer (not visual studio), into the class library directory.
then from visual studio use add existing to add all the files from the directory.
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by:grwallace
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Can't seem to get this to work.

I have created a simple form project with a single table in the dataset and copied everything into the class library project but all I get is hundreds of errors. Any assistance would be gratefully received.
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Datasets are added to the project not form so you would need to add existing datasets as well. References to these datasets are usually prefixed with project name so you will have problems there. You may have to add form and datasets to DLL project and then redo bindings.
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