RG-3 RG-3 - 3 months ago 11
C# Question

Connecting to Oracle Database through C#?

I need to connect to a Oracle DB (external) through Visual Studio 2010. But I dont want to install Oracle on my machine.
In my project I referenced: System.Data.OracleClient. But its not fulfilling the need.
I have an "Oracle SQL Developer IDE" in which I run SQL queries against oracle db.

I have this code so far:

private static string GetConnectionString()
{
String connString = "host= serverName;database=myDatabase;uid=userName;pwd=passWord";
return connString;
}

private static void ConnectingToOracle()
{
string connectionString = GetConnectionString();
using (OracleConnection connection = new OracleConnection())
{
connection.ConnectionString = connectionString;
connection.Open();
Console.WriteLine("State: {0}", connection.State);
Console.WriteLine("ConnectionString: {0}",
connection.ConnectionString);

OracleCommand command = connection.CreateCommand();
string sql = "SELECT * FROM myTableName";
command.CommandText = sql;

OracleDataReader reader = command.ExecuteReader();
while (reader.Read())
{
string myField = (string)reader["MYFIELD"];
Console.WriteLine(myField);
}
}
}


So far I read these blogs:

http://st-curriculum.oracle.com/tutorial/DBXETutorial/index.htm

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/kaevans/archive/2009/07/18/connecting-to-oracle-from-visual-studio.aspx

So far I have not downloaded anything from Oracle. What steps should I take to make this happen?

Answer

First off you need to download and install ODP from this site http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/dotnet/index-085163.html

After installation add a reference of the assembly Oracle.DataAccess.dll.

Your are good to go after this.

using System; 
using Oracle.DataAccess.Client; 

class OraTest
{ 
    OracleConnection con; 
    void Connect() 
    { 
        con = new OracleConnection(); 
        con.ConnectionString = "User Id=<username>;Password=<password>;Data Source=<datasource>"; 
        con.Open(); 
        Console.WriteLine("Connected to Oracle" + con.ServerVersion); 
    }

    void Close() 
    {
        con.Close(); 
        con.Dispose(); 
    } 

    static void Main() 
    { 
        OraTest ot= new OraTest(); 
        ot.Connect(); 
        ot.Close(); 
    } 
}