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Viewing SQL Server 2005 data via Windows Forms

When attempting to view an image in a Windows Forms application, you'll need to convert the data using Bitmap, explains SQL Server 2005 expert Adam Machanic.

I have image data stored in a SQL Server 2005 database. How can I view it via a Windows Forms application?
To display an image by ways of a Windows Forms application, you'll need to do a bit of work. First, you need to convert the data, which is stored in the database as raw bytes, into a valid .NET Bitmap object. You can then bind the Bitmap to a Windows Forms PictureBox control, which will display the image for you.

This article Reading BLOBs in Windows Form from Akadia.com describes the process in detail.

This was last published in June 2006

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