Data Connection Dialog
Do you need to allow your users to edit the connection strings for your products database access? Are you frustrated that the Data Connection Dialog in Visual Studio can't be used in your distributable? Well, I have the solution!
What it IS
This data connection dialog is modelled to look and work as closely as possible like the data connection dialog built-into Visual Studio 2005. It can use any data provider installed into .NET and registered in machine.config. You can limit the data source options to show only the data sources which are valid for your product. It is extensible to add your own data sources and providers. C# source code is provided which demonstrates adding a MySQL data source extension.
Important Enhancements Over Microsofts Design
What it is NOT
This data connection dialog is not a DDEX extension and does not require Visual Studio's API's to be installed along with your application.
Data Connection Dialog Help File