Using SQLite within Visual Studio
Visual Studio includes a number of tools for automating database access code generation, and creating and manipulating database schemas. These tools make the process of working with databases significantly easier and more shiny. To make the most of the SQLite embedded DBMS you will need to install the SQLite .NET provider (which includes a DDEX provider for Visual Studio).
Step 1: Download and Install the ADO.NET Provider
Before you can begin using SQLite within Visual Studio you need to download the SQLite ADO.NET Provider.
After installing the provider, you will need to restart Visual Studio in-order for it to appear in the data sources list. The set-up will install the .NET provider, and update your registry for you, so once you have competed the set-up you're ready to use SQLite from within Visual Studio
Step 2: Creating a connection to a SQLite database
To actually use SQLite within Visual Studios nice shiny database tools, you need to add a connection to a SQLite database. To do this, ensure the Server Explorer is open (View->Server Explorer, or CTRL+W - if its not), and right-click Data Connections and select Add Connection.
After hitting Continue, the Add Connection dialog will display, allowing you to specify the filename (*.sqlite) of the SQLite database you with to connect to, or create. Optionally here you may also specify choices about string and date encoding, as well as database file encryption (in the password field). When done, hit the Test Connection button to ensure the connection is working correctly, and click OK to finish the wizard.
Step 3: Use the connection
Now that you have a connection to a SQLite database using Visual Studio, you can use Visual Studios tools to do things, such as:
- Graphically create an SQLite database schema.
- Use the ADO.NET Entity Framework.
- Create a strongly-typed DataSet.
- See how to use SQLite within Visual Studio for a specific task, in the Create an SQLite database within Visual Studio article.
- See how to do the same with the Firebird DBMS in the Using Firebird within Visual Studio article.
- Read about the architecture of ADO.NET
- Learn about the ADO.NET Entity Framework (uses an MS SQL server for examples, but can be applied to SQLite).