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Chapter 1 Introduction to MySQL Connector/NET

MySQL Connector/NET enables you to 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. You can build applications using your choice of .NET languages. Connector/NET is a fully managed ADO.NET data provider written in 100% pure C#. It does not use the MySQL C client library.

For 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 the MySQL 8.0 release series.

  • .NET Core and Entity Framework Core to enable cross-platform development.

  • Large-packet support for sending and receiving rows and BLOB values 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.

  • Entity Framework.

  • .NET for Windows 8.x Store apps (Windows RT Store apps).

Connector/NET supports full versions of Visual Studio 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2017, although the extent of support may be limited depending on your versions of Connector/NET and Visual Studio. For details, see MySQL for Visual Studio.

Connector/NET 6.8 (and earlier) does not support Express versions of Microsoft products, including Microsoft Visual Web Developer. Connector/NET 6.9, 6.10, 7.0 and 8.0 do provide support for these products.

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