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SQL Server to SQL Server Compact Edition Database Copy Utility

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Create and manage your mobile database using SQL Management Studio and export them to SQL Compact Edition databases
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UPDATE

Please download the latest version of this tool from JohnnyCantCode.com. I have updated this utility based on some feedback from users.

I added the ability to select the schema you wish to copy. For most databases, this will simply be "dbo".

I fixed a bug where the application did not recognize a valid version of "System.Data.SqlServerCe.dll".

Introduction

This utility will copy the schema and data from a normal SQL Server 2000/2005 database and export it to a SQL Server Compact Edition database. The tool supports version 3.1 or 3.5 of SQL Server Compact Edition.

Background

I was working on a mobile application and needed an easy way to manage the table relationships and indexes without having to resort to scripting. I was familiar with using SQL Server Management Studio so I decided that I would write a utility that converted a normal SQL Server database to a mobile database. This way, I could continue using the tool I normally use to create and maintain my databases.

Using the Code

Feel free to take a look at the code and offer your most gracious comments. The application uses a wizard to walk you through converting a database. I have also included a normal WINFORM that also does the conversion, but I stopped development on this in lieu of the wizard, so the form is incomplete. I will be maintaining this code and writing more about it on my blog at www.JohnnyCantCode.com. You can find the original post here.

Points of Interest

This utility will copy Indexes, Primary Keys, Foreign Keys, Table structure and data. SQL Server Compact Edition does not have support for Views, Triggers nor Stored Procedures, therefore this utility does not copy these.

History

  • 1.0 Initial release

License

This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The BSD License


Written By
Software Developer (Senior) Gologic Tech LLC.
United States United States
I work as an independent software architect and senior developer. I have worked on many large enterprise projects as well as small single user applications.

Comments and Discussions

 
AnswerRe: Unknown datatype Pin
Francois YACOB16-Jun-09 6:32
Francois YACOB16-Jun-09 6:32 
GeneralPrimery Keys are not correct after import to SQL Compact Pin
voellinger26-Jan-09 0:51
voellinger26-Jan-09 0:51 
GeneralOut of memory error Pin
cess30-Nov-08 9:36
cess30-Nov-08 9:36 
Generalthere is problem with NVARCHAR(MAX) Pin
Tajniak520-Nov-08 5:51
Tajniak520-Nov-08 5:51 
Generaliv been messing with this for a while until i found this.TNX!!!!! Pin
zivzuv18-Nov-08 20:37
zivzuv18-Nov-08 20:37 
Generalprimary key contraint names Pin
mape108219-Aug-08 5:04
mape108219-Aug-08 5:04 
GeneralRe: primary key contraint names Pin
Francois YACOB16-Jun-09 6:38
Francois YACOB16-Jun-09 6:38 
GeneralThis thing rocks! Pin
granadaCoder5-Aug-08 10:32
granadaCoder5-Aug-08 10:32 
Thanks. I was stuck in 3.1 and 3.5 limbo. I was trying to get a Northwind sdf for a demo I've been writing.
Multiple RDBMS Support and the Factory Design Pattern[^]

This thing rocks. SqlServerCE isn't so dag-gone hard to work with now with this tool.

Thanks!
GeneralGreat work!!! only one thing and an Idea for future work Pin
mape108223-Jul-08 6:19
mape108223-Jul-08 6:19 
GeneralRe: Great work!!! only one thing and an Idea for future work Pin
Francois YACOB16-Jun-09 6:43
Francois YACOB16-Jun-09 6:43 
GeneralType Conversion errors Pin
gratajik15-Jul-08 13:25
gratajik15-Jul-08 13:25 
GeneralON DELETE ... ON UPDATE ... Pin
Hoang Cuong12-Jul-08 22:21
Hoang Cuong12-Jul-08 22:21 
Generaldata transfer Pin
Shaikh Sahrif28-Jun-08 19:18
Shaikh Sahrif28-Jun-08 19:18 
GeneralBrilliant Pin
Johnny J.26-Jun-08 20:44
professionalJohnny J.26-Jun-08 20:44 
GeneralError after conversion.. Opening converted file with SQL Management Studio Pin
Allan Chong5-Jun-08 17:46
Allan Chong5-Jun-08 17:46 
GeneralRe: Error after conversion.. Opening converted file with SQL Management Studio Pin
johnnycantcode12-Jun-08 9:34
johnnycantcode12-Jun-08 9:34 
GeneralNot working with SQL2000 Pin
oldieman2-Jun-08 22:28
oldieman2-Jun-08 22:28 
GeneralVisual Studio Pin
gnassar2-Jun-08 2:26
gnassar2-Jun-08 2:26 
GeneralRe: Visual Studio Pin
johnnycantcode12-Jun-08 9:35
johnnycantcode12-Jun-08 9:35 
GeneralSchema Setting + SqlCe Version Pin
Charl Victor12-May-08 23:27
Charl Victor12-May-08 23:27 
GeneralRe: Schema Setting + SqlCe Version Pin
johnnycantcode13-May-08 3:22
johnnycantcode13-May-08 3:22 
AnswerRe: Schema Setting + SqlCe Version Pin
Charl Victor14-May-08 5:17
Charl Victor14-May-08 5:17 
GeneralTriggers and SP Pin
CDFaux7-May-08 3:13
CDFaux7-May-08 3:13 
GeneralRe: Triggers and SP Pin
johnnycantcode8-May-08 2:31
johnnycantcode8-May-08 2:31 
GeneralRe: Triggers and SP Pin
CDFaux8-May-08 10:24
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