Connector/Net lets you easily develop .NET applications that require secure, high-performance data connectivity with MySQL. It implements the required ADO.NET interfaces and integrates into ADO.NET-aware tools. Developers can build applications using their choice of .NET languages. Connector/Net is a fully managed ADO.NET driver written in 100% pure C#.
For release notes detailing the changes in each release of Connector/Net, see MySQL Connector/Net Release Notes.
Connector/Net includes full support for:
Features provided by MySQL Server up to and including MySQL Server version 5.5.
Large-packet support for sending and receiving rows and BLOBs up to 2 gigabytes in size.
Protocol compression, which enables compressing the data stream between the client and server.
Connections using TCP/IP sockets, named pipes, or shared memory on Windows.
Connections using TCP/IP sockets or Unix sockets on Unix.
The Open Source Mono framework developed by Novell.
Fully managed, does not utilize the MySQL client library.
This document is intended as a user's guide to Connector/Net and
includes a full syntax reference. Syntax information is also
included within the
included with the Connector/Net distribution.
If you are using MySQL 5.0 or later, and Visual Studio as your development environment, you can also use the MySQL Visual Studio Plugin. The plugin acts as a DDEX (Data Designer Extensibility) provider: you can use the data design tools within Visual Studio to manipulate the schema and objects within a MySQL database. For more information, see Section 17.2.3, “Connector/Net Visual Studio Integration”.
Connector/Net 5.1.2 and later include the Visual Studio Plugin by default.
MySQL Connector/Net supports full versions of Visual Studio 2005, 2008, and 2010, although certain features are only available in Visual Studio 2010 when using MySQL Connector/Net version 6.3.2 and later. Note that MySQL Connector/Net does not currently support Express versions of Microsoft products, including Microsoft Visual Web Developer.
For connection string properties when using the
MySqlConnection class, see
Section 17.2.6, “Connector/Net Connection String Options Reference”.
As of Connector/Net 5.1.2, the Visual Studio Plugin is part of the main Connector/Net package. However, even for versions of Connector/Net older than 5.1.2, the Visual Studio Plugin release notes can be found at MySQL Connector/Net Release Notes.