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Walkthrough: Creating a Dataset with the Dataset Designer
In this walkthrough you will create a dataset using the Dataset Designer. It will take you through the process of creating a new project and adding a new DataSet item to it. You will learn how to create tables based on tables in a database without using a wizard.
Tasks illustrated in this walkthrough include:
Creating a new Windows Application project.
Adding an empty DataSet item to the project.
Creating and configuring a data source in your application by building a dataset with the Dataset Designer.
Creating a connection to the Northwind database in Server Explorer.
Creating tables with TableAdapters in the dataset based on tables in the database.
The dialog boxes and menu commands you see might differ from those described in Help depending on your active settings or edition. To change your settings, choose Import and Export Settings on the Tools menu. For more information, see Visual Studio Settings.
In order to complete this walkthrough, you need:
Access to the Northwind sample database (SQL Server or Access version). For more information, see How to: Install Sample Databases.
To create a new Windows Application project
From the File menu, create a new project.
Choose a programming language in the Project Types pane.
Click Windows Application in the Templates pane.
Name the project DatasetDesignerWalkthrough, and then click OK.
Visual Studio will add the project to Solution Explorer and display a new form in the designer.
To add a new dataset item to the project
On the Project menu, click Add New Item.
The Add New Item dialog box appears.
In the Templates box of the Add New Item dialog box, click DataSet.
Name the Dataset NorthwindDataset, and then click Add.
Visual Studio will add a file called NorthwindDataset.xsd to the project and open it in the Dataset Designer.
To create a connection to the Northwind database
On the View menu, click Server Explorer.
In Server Explorer, click the Connect to Database button.
Create a connection to the Northwind sample database.
You can connect to the SQL Server or Access version of Northwind for this walkthrough.
For information on creating a connection to SQL Server, see How to: Create Connections to SQL Server Databases.
For information on creating a connection to Access, see How to: Create Connections to Access Databases.
This section will explain how to add tables to the dataset.
To create the Customers table
Expand the data connection you created in Server Explorer, and then expand the Tables node.
Drag the Customers table from Server Explorer onto the Dataset Designer.
A Customers data table and CustomersTableAdapter are added to the dataset.
To create the Orders table
Drag the Orders table from Server Explorer onto the Dataset Designer.
An Orders data table, OrdersTableAdapter, and data relation between the Customers and Orders tables are added to the dataset.
To create the OrderDetails table
Drag the Order Details table from Server Explorer onto the Dataset Designer.
An Order Details data table, OrderDetailsTableAdapter, and a data relation between the Orders and Order Details tables are added to the dataset.
To add functionality to your application
Save the dataset.
You can now select items in the Data Sources window and drag them onto a form. For more information, see Displaying Data Overview.
Add more queries to the TableAdapters. For more information, see How to: Create TableAdapter Queries.