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Setup and Deployment In Windows Using Visual Studio PART-1

Posted By:BangaruBabuPureti       Posted Date: June 30, 2010    Points: 25    Category: Windows Application    URL: http://www.dotnetspark.com  

In this part, I explained total development procedure in windows and C# by utilizing COM Components and Database Manipulations Using msaccess.

Windows Setup and Deployment
In this article, I am going to explain setup and deployment procedure in windows project by using visual studio.

To demonstrate this article I took small Merlin.acs [.acs=Agent character structured storage file] COM Component and teddy Bear Database Manips in my Windows Project. Finally I will give total roundtrip for Setting up and deployment of windows Project. I divided this article into two Parts.

PART-1) In this part, I explained total development procedure in windows and C# by utilizing COM Components and Database Manipulations Using msaccess.

PART-2) In Second part, I totally focused on Set Up and Deployment Procedure by using PART-1 developed Code and Their dependencies.

 PART-1: Developing Windows Application Using C#

  Here I developed three windows forms one is MDI FORM (ParentForm.cs)-which is always visible until user explicitly Quits, Second One Is Login Form (Form1.cs) with Merlin COM Component-which checks weather the user exits or not and finally third form (ParentForm.cs) loads after Successful Login Credentials entered by the user-which displays some data from the database.

 Assume that, just this is a Case study for our deployment activity like a small Mickey Mouse Type of Project to understand the article effectively.

 To do this project -Open Visual Studio-File-New-Project-Visual C#-Windows Application-Name as your choice.


 1)  Choose any Background Image According To your Choice and assign property IsMDIContainer=true

2)  Place One Picture BOX for Login Image-assign property cursor=hand to picture box, One Label to Display today's Date and Time and Place one Button to Exit the Application.

3)  Finally, the out put Screen looks as the follows


private void pictureBox2_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
    //Creatinf New Instance to open Another Form
    frmlogin F = new frmlogin();
private void ParentForm_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
    //Displaying Curent Date And Time 
    label3.Text = System.DateTime.Now.ToString();
private void button1_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
    //To Quit The Application


Choose any Background as your Choice and Place Label assign  Property Text= Windows Setup and Deployement and Font size=14.25

  Design login Form By placing two text boxes , two Labels ,two buttons and one GroupBox as Shown below

3)  Place Merlin COM  Component
  Open Tool Box->Right Click On It->select Add Tab->Type tab Name as Merlin Component->Right Click on the tab and Click on Choose Items -> Choose Tool Box Opens ->In That Dialog Box Select COM Component.-> In That Components List Select Microsoft Agent Control 2.0-> Click OK->Finally our toolbox customized as Follows

Drag and Drop MicrosoftAgent Control On To The Form

Open C:\WINDOWS\msagent\chars  -> Copy merlin.acs component  and Paste it into our application root as Bin\Debug folder,why because it is easy to identify that component path in programatical fasion using Application.StartUpPath.ToString() Method.
6)  Write Code In Form_Load as Follows

private void frmlogin_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
    //Geting Merlin Path Programatically Using String
    string merlinPath = Application.StartupPath.ToString() + "\\merlin.acs";
    //Loading Merlin Charecter Using Load Method 
    axAgent1.Characters.Load("Merlin", merlinPath);
    //In Order To Store Merlin Use Show() Method 
    //At First It Displays at the Left top Corner of The Screen
    //So I Moved 270,270 Pixels Backword and DownWord From Top and Left Posistions of The Screen
    axAgent1.Characters["Merlin"].MoveTo(270, 270, null);
    /* Some Of Animations I Remembered -Search Google For More Animations*/
    /*Acknowledge, Blink ,Congratulate ,DoMagic2 ,Explain,Greet ,
    Hearing_1,Idle1_1,LookUp ,MoveUp,Pleased ,Read ,Sad ,Think,Uncertain,Wave*/
    //Just I Used Merlin Animation Charecter
    axAgent1.Characters["Merlin"].Speak("Third Annual Celebrations-www.dotnetfunda.com", null);


7)  If The Form Is Loaded The Following Character Displays First by Showing Some Animation Tricks

Now its is Time To Design Database-
Open Ms access->Create Database Name as "myDataBase" and Save it into our application root as Bin\Debug folder,why because it is easy to identify that component path in programmatic fashion using Application.StartUpPath.ToString() Method.
Design Simple  Login Table and Enter Data as Follows
    Table Design:

  Table Data:

11)  Import Oledb Namespace and Mention The OledbConnection() Provider In Global Declarations


 using System.Data.OleDb;  
 OleDbConnection strcon = new OleDbConnection("Provider=Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0;Data Source=myDataBase.mdb");

 12)  Write Code Under login Button and Cancel Button As Follows

private void btnlogin_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
        string uname = txtuserName.Text;
        OleDbDataAdapter da = new OleDbDataAdapter("select username,password from login where username='" + txtuserName.Text + "' and password='" + txtpassword.Text + "' ", strcon);
        DataSet ds = new DataSet();
        /* Do-Some Actions If User Is Authenticated*/
        if (ds.Tables[0].Rows.Count > 0)
            axAgent1.Characters["Merlin"].Speak("Welcome:: " + uname, null);
            MainForm mf = new MainForm();
            /* Do-Some Actions If User Is Anonymus*/
            axAgent1.Characters["Merlin"].Speak("Sorry  You are Not Authorised User::  " + uname, null);
    private void btncancel_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
        txtpassword.Text = "";
        txtuserName.Text = "";
Finally The Form Looks As Follows

After Succesful Login it displays MainForm.cs


Place One DataGridview and LinkLabel (assign  Property Text=Logout )On The Form
Design Table and Fill Some Data As Follows

3)  Filll The Data As Follows

Write Code as Follows In Global Declarations and Form_Load Event as Well As LinkLabel_Click Event and Import Oledb Namespace 

    //Import Namespace
    using System.Data.OleDb;
    //Blobal Declarations
    OleDbConnection strcon = new OleDbConnection("Provider=Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0;Data Source=myDataBase.mdb");
    private void MainForm_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
        OleDbDataAdapter da = new OleDbDataAdapter("select * from dept", strcon);
        DataSet ds = new DataSet();
        dataGridView1.DataSource = ds.Tables[0];
    //Under Logout Button
    private void linkLabel1_LinkClicked(object sender, LinkLabelLinkClickedEventArgs e)

 5)  Finally The Screen Looks as Follows

6)  Please Make Sure That Place Project Code In A separate Folder [MyFolderName="MerlinSetUpProject"]

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