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4.5.1 Connecting to MySQL Using Connector/NET

All interaction between a .NET application and the MySQL server is routed through a MySqlConnection object when using the classic MySQL protocol. Before your application can interact with the server, it must instantiate, configure, and open a MySqlConnection object.

Even when using the MySqlHelper class, a MySqlConnection object is created by the helper class. Likewise, when using the MySqlConnectionStringBuilder class to expose the connection options as properties, your application must open a MySqlConnection object.

This section describes how to connect to MySQL using the MySqlConnection object.