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How to save code for data access in a central place

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I am a novice C# programmer and need to learn where and how to store the data access code in a central place in a windows applications, developed using Visual Studio 2012.

I know that in ASP.Net I use the configuration file to place and access reference to the code. But how does this apply to a C# Windows application?

What I have been doing for a long time is to write almost the same code or almost the same code for data access over and over:
 Something like the method below with little variations (it could be  "void" instead of data type):

public DataTable GetMyData()
        {
            SqlConnection con;
            con = new SqlConnection("Server=myServer;;Database=myDatabase;integrated security=True");
            SqlCommand comm = new SqlCommand("Select id,Name from myTable order by LastName", con);
             SqlDataAdapter dataAdapter1 = new SqlDataAdapter(comm);
            DataSet ds1 = new DataSet();
            dataAdapter1.Fill(ds1, "tableNamef");
            return ds1.Tables["tablwNamw"];
        }

Please give example if possible.

Thanks
Adam
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by:anarki_jimbel
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You may use as well a configuration file:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms243192.aspx

In some cases I just create a custom xml file with required entries and read it. Depends on a task.
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by:CHARU T
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You can have it in the Busines Logic layer, or a generic function that'll take the sql as string parameter. And reuse the connection object as much as possible. What is the purpose you are trying to solve here exactly?
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As I understand the main purpose is to store connection data somewhere else but not have it hard-coded.

Just a side remark: Always use try-catch in data access.
Something like below. Or make a use of the operator "using" (google it)

        public DataTable GetMyData()
        {
            SqlConnection con=null;
            DataTable dt = null;

            try
            {
                con = new SqlConnection("Server=myServer;;Database=myDatabase;integrated security=True");
                SqlCommand comm = new SqlCommand("Select id,Name from myTable order by LastName", con);
                SqlDataAdapter dataAdapter1 = new SqlDataAdapter(comm);
                DataSet ds1 = new DataSet();
                dataAdapter1.Fill(ds1, "tableNamef");
                dt = ds1.Tables["tablwNamw"];
            }
            catch (Exception ex)
            {
                //...
            }
            finally
            {
                // release any resoutrces
                if (con != null)
                {
                    con.Close();
                }

                //...
            }

            return dt;
        }

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by:CHARU T
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Connectonstrings should e stored in config file or in strings in the Resources. Check it out.
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by:adamtrask
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Thank you both...

Yes, the main purpose is  to avoid hard coding the code. I used it when I was experimenting with ASP.Net and learned to store the connection in a configuration file which was automatically created in each project. It looks like I need to learn to create one myself in C#.

I intend to use the example referred by expert Anarki but I need to check if i can use SqlServer instead of MS.Access. This is the plan for the weekend and I will see if I can figure it out.

P.S. Thank your for the try-catch remark anarki_jimbel. Yes, I will use it.
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