error for Import Sybase.Data.AseClient

I am writing a VB .net Windows form application. at the top of one of my code pages I have an import statement :

Import Sybase.Data.AseClient

I am getting the following error message though, and I don't have a clue as how to fix it. Can someone help me out? Below is the error message :

Warning 4 Namespace or type specified in the Imports 'Sybase.Data.AseClient' doesn't contain any public member or cannot be found. Make sure the
namespace or the type is defined and and contains at least one public member. Make sure the imported element name doesn't use any aliases.
c:\Users\BobGoldma\Documents\Visual Studio 2010\Projects\BVT\Sybase.Data.AseClient.vb
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Phil DavidsonCommented:
The error message looks like you are using "imports."  But the statement you show in the post has the word "import."

Does the server that you are running the code have access to the Sybase database?  Namespaces are containers that map a word to an object.  It looks like this mapping is not known to the VB compiler.  The VB compiler doesn't know what Sybase is.  Maybe the VB server doesn't have any Sybase database on it.  Maybe it isn't configured to connect to the Sybase database server.  Maybe a link is broken (e.g., in the network or the sybase server is shut off).

Is there a References folder on the VB server?  There may need to be a reference to the Ase DLL (dynamic link loader).  

Is the imports statement outside of a public class module?

Do you use Project Designer?  If so, can you go to the Reference Page and view the imported namespaces section?

" verify that the containing element is accessible from your project.

    Verify that the containing element exposes at least one Public member."

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brgdotnetcontractorAuthor Commented:
Thank you Phil for the very comprehensive help. I have another windows forms application on my PC that does access the Sybase server. So I know that all of the working plumbing is in place for Sybase. Because it works with the other application. Let me consider your post and dig into the issue some more.
brgdotnetcontractorAuthor Commented:
Thank you Phil. Basically I referenced the Sybase dll file and all is well now. Thanks so much!
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