Visual Studio Windows DataGrid Form Application

This article details the steps required to create a simple Visual Studio 2008 Windows Form application, with associated DataGridView control for displaying data in selected tables from the target database.

  1. Launch the Visual Studio 2008 SP1 IDE.

  2. Create a Web Application project by going to the File menu in Visual Studio and choosing New Project.

  3. When the New Project window appears, choose either Visual Basic or Visual C# as your programming language.

  4. Within the language category, click on Windows and select Windows Form Application from the right-hand panel.

  5. Choose a name for the project, for example VirtWindowsFormApplication, and click OK.

  6. In the Toolbox, expand Data Controls and drag the DataGridView control onto the form.

  7. Click on the little arrow in the top right of the DataGridView control to load the DataGridView Task menu.

  8. Click on the Choose Data Source list box.

  9. Click on the Add Project Data Source link to connect to a data source.

  10. In the Data Source Configuration Wizard dialog Choose Data Source Type page, select the Database data source type and click Next.

  11. In the Data Source Configuration Wizard dialog Choose your Data Connection page, select the New Connection button.

  12. In the Choose Data Source dialog, select the OpenLink Virtuoso Data Source from the list and click Continue.

  13. In the Connection Properties dialog, specify the hostname, portno, username and password for the target Virtuoso Server.

  14. Select the Select Database From List radio button and choose the NWIND database from the list available.

  15. Press the Test Connection dialog to verify that the database is accessible.

  16. Leave the default connect string name — NWINDConnectionString — and click Next.

  17. From the list of available tables returned for the NWIND database, select the Products table to be associated with the DataGridView control.

  18. The column names of the selected table will be displayed in the the DataGridView.

  19. Resize the form and DataGridView to allow all columns to be visible, if possible.

  20. To test the application, simply hit ctrl+F5 within Visual Studio or select Start Debugging from the Debug menu.

  21. The data from the Products table will be displayed in the DataGrid.

The task is now complete.

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