Sunday, July 22, 2012

Creating a Connection to a SQL Server Database

1 While the code in this book was being tested, we set up a virtual directory called BegASPNETdb, mapped to a file system directory called C:\BegASPNETdb\webroot. To do the same, go to Start | Settings | Control Panel | Administrative Tools | Personal Web Manager, and enter the following in the Add Directory dialog:

2  In the webroot folder, create a text file called web.config, and fill it with exactly the following:

The presence of this file will ensure that if and when anything goes wrong with one of our ASPX files, we'll get a useful, descriptive error message.

3 Create a subfolder called C:\BegASPNETdb\webroot\ch03, and place a new text file called SQLServer_connection.aspx inside it.

4 Add the following code

<%@ Import namespace="System.Data" %>
<%@ Import namespace="System.Data.SqlClient" %>

    Beginning ASP.NET Databases Chapter 3


First Example: Listing data from the Employees table

runat="server" GridLines="None" BackColor="LightBlue" CellPadding="5" CellSpacing="5" BorderWidth="2" BorderColor="Black" ToolTip="Includes only those employees who are at HQ" />

5 Everything is now in place for you to browse to 
http://localhost/BegASPNETdb/ch03/SQLServer_connection.aspx, where you should 
see the screen overleaf.


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