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How I developed Phlab - using Visual Studio 2005 and ADO.NET 2.0

As part of a series of developers group meetings over the next couple of months, a handful of volunteers are working to implement Phlab. I think it stands for Phil's Address Book; you can read all about it in the Phlab Spec. Basically, it's a simple address book application with a database backend.

Each eager (gullible) volunteer has been asked (bribed, press ganged) into developing the application using a different technology. Since I want to learn C#, I've agreed to develop version of Phlab in Microsoft Visual C# Studio 2005 and Delphi for .NET (in C#).

Before I get going, I want to make it clear that I've never used Visual Studio before, I've never written much more than a "Hello World" demo in C#, I've never used SQL Server before and I've never written anything in C# using Delphi. However, I do know reasonable amount about relational database theory and I've been writing Delphi code professionally for over six years. I'll allow the reader to use these facts to judge the quality of anything I say hereafter.

The following is a pseudo-blog which details the steps I took, as I took them. I'm starting with Visual Studio 2005, because Brian gave me a free copy and I want to play with it.

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