SQL – How to use GROUP BY

Here’s an example of how to use GROUP BY in a SQL query: This produces the following query results: GROUP BY allows you to group rows based on one or more columns and calculate aggregate values for the group. In the example above, the COUNT(*) aggregate function was used to show the number of rows … Read more

Error: Host is not allowed to connect to this MySQL server

Problem When you try to connect to MySQL remotely, you get the following error: Host <hostname or IP> is not allowed to connect to this MySQL server In MySQL, hosts are allowed (whitelisted) per user. So this error means the user you’re trying to connect with doesn’t have your remote host whitelisted. You’re likely trying … Read more

C# – Connect to a MySQL database

The simplest way to connect to a MySQL database in a .NET project is to use the MySql.Data package (from Oracle). It provides classes that implement the standard ADO.NET interfaces (such as IDbConnection). First, add the MySql.Data package to your project (this is using View > Other Windows > Package Manager Console): Now use the … Read more

SQL Server – Copy data from one table to another

To copy data from one table to an existing table, use INSERT INTO SELECT and specify the column list: If the columns are the exact same in the two tables (and there are no identity columns), you don’t need to specify the column list: When the table doesn’t exist, use SELECT INTO, specifying which columns … Read more

C# – Get inserted identity value with Dapper

When you insert a record into a table with an identity column, the value for the identity column is automatically generated for you. The simplest way to get the inserted identity value is to put OUTPUT INSERTED.<identity column name> in the insert statement: To get the output value with Dapper, use ExecuteScalar<int>(): This inserts the … Read more

C# – Adding dynamic parameters with Dapper

The simplest way to add dynamic parameters with Dapper is by passing in Dictionary<string, object>: You can also add dynamic parameter by using the DynamicParameters class. You can use whichever approach is simplest in the given scenario. In this article, I’ll show examples of adding dynamic parameters in different scenarios. Add dynamic parameters one at … Read more

C# – Map query results to multiple objects with Dapper

When you’re querying joined tables, you can map each row to multiple objects by using the multi mapping feature in Dapper. To multi map, you have to provide Dapper with the following: Which types to map to. Which column(s) to split on. This tells Dapper which columns it should try to map to which type. … Read more

C# – Using SQL transactions with Dapper

Using TransactionScope is the simplest way to execute multiple SQL commands in a transaction. Here’s an example of how to use it: When you call TransactionScope.Complete(), it commits the transaction. If you don’t call Complete(), it’ll rollback the transaction once it leaves the TransactionScope block. This keeps the code nice and clean and works well … Read more

C# – Executing basic SQL queries with Dapper

Here’s an example of using Dapper to execute a basic SELECT query: Dapper abstracts away the repetitive code involved in executing SQL queries, including mapping parameters and query results. It does this without any configuration (it maps by using reflection). In this article, I’ll show more examples of using Dapper in common scenarios, such as … Read more

Get SQL Server query results as JSON

The simplest way to get query results as JSON is to use FOR JSON PATH in the query (note: this was added in SQL Server 2016): It returns the results as a single JSON string with one JSON object per row: Note: SQL Server returns the JSON without indenting. All examples in this article show … Read more