Solved

How to read a DBF file using VS C#

Posted on 2014-12-19
3
418 Views
Last Modified: 2014-12-24
I have this code that establishes a connection to a series of dbf files. My question now is how to point it to any one particular file, open that file and proceed to read the records? My ultimate goal here is to parse each record and then via a SQL connection transfer the data from dbase to SQL.

       private OdbcConnection GetDBFConnection()
       {
           /* Create reader and open file containing connection string */
           TextReader tr = new StreamReader(@"DBF.INI");

           /* Read line containing the connection string */
           DBFConnectionString = tr.ReadLine();

           /* Close the stream */
           tr.Close();

           try
           {
               DBFDataConnection = new System.Data.Odbc.OdbcConnection(DBFConnectionString);
               DBFDataConnection.Open();
           }
           catch (Exception ex)
           {
               string eMsg = "Error-Opening SQL connection: " + ex.Message;
               if (StackTraceWanted) eMsg += "\n" + ex.StackTrace;
               MessageBox.Show(eMsg);
           }

           return DBFDataConnection;
       }
0
Comment
Question by:rwheeler23
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 2
3 Comments
 
LVL 63

Accepted Solution

by:
Fernando Soto earned 500 total points
ID: 40509223
Hi rwheeler23;

Have you given any thought of using the application configuration file to store your connection strings in. If you use the application config file you can give each connection string a name and be able to retrieve it from the file by that name. Have a look at this web post for info.

Connection Strings and Configuration Files
0
 

Author Comment

by:rwheeler23
ID: 40510161
I found a Dbase reader that can read these types of dbf file. I can use their export tool to dump out to csv or Excel. I do not understand why my connect string did not allow this. These are the file types this program can read.

•dBASE PLUS
•Personal dBASE
•dB2K
•Visual dBASE 7.5
0
 

Author Closing Comment

by:rwheeler23
ID: 40517023
I do not understand these files. However I was able to find an export tool and that is all I need for now.
0

Featured Post

Ready to get started with anonymous questions?

It's easy! Check out this step-by-step guide for asking an anonymous question on Experts Exchange.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

This article describes a simple method to resize a control at runtime.  It includes ready-to-use source code and a complete sample demonstration application.  We'll also talk about C# Extension Methods. Introduction In one of my applications…
Performance in games development is paramount: every microsecond counts to be able to do everything in less than 33ms (aiming at 16ms). C# foreach statement is one of the worst performance killers, and here I explain why.
In this video, viewers will be given step by step instructions on adjusting mouse, pointer and cursor visibility in Microsoft Windows 10. The video seeks to educate those who are struggling with the new Windows 10 Graphical User Interface. Change Cu…
Add bar graphs to Access queries using Unicode block characters. Graphs appear on every record in the color you want. Give life to numbers. Hopes this gives you ideas on visualizing your data in new ways ~ Create a calculated field in a query: …

622 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question