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VB.net Import text file into SQL table

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Hi

I use SQL Server Management Studio to import text files into my SQL table.
I now want to do this programmatically in my Windows Forms app.
What VB.net code would I use to do this?
Thanks
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by:edwardq
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How big of a text file?   I been reading the text file into vb.net and then inserting each line via sql statement.
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by:Éric Moreau
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Have a look at the free FileHelpers library to read your files: http://emoreau.com/Entries/Articles/2011/11/Using-the-FileHelpers-Library.aspx
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Incidentally, my project is an Excel add-in. Would it be a good idea to perhaps open the .csv or .txt file in Excel the run code to create a dataset/datatable from Excel
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by:Éric Moreau
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What I don't like about Excel is that it will try to convert some fields for you and the result is not always accurate. I prefer to process raw files.
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As for your other link, there are so many ways of reading/processing files that it will depend on your actual needs and mostly your data files (header or not, formatted or not, ...)

I find myself using a combination of multiple methods because I never found one solution to fit all the files I have to process for one of my clients.
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Thanks very much Eric. I hadn't realised how complicated this process is
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