You can add the IBM driver to your References. From there you can use a
DataSet.xsd object or what I have found is that the connection is faster
when you code your own own connection.

If you want to make use the of the entity framework, I have basic sample of
setting that up as well.

Mike Wills

On Wed, Jul 14, 2010 at 8:43 AM, <BButterworth@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Hello Everyone:

I am working on a Windows Form application and am using IBM i Access 6.1
and VS Express 2010 to develop it. Is the best data provider to use to
connect to DB2 for IBM i the one provided with Access? I'm asking because
it would be nice to use a provider that integrates with the Data Sources
or Database Explorer windows in Visual Studio, and I'm not sure that the
Access data provider has this functionality. Is it possible to use an ODBC
or OleDB provider provided by MS or IBM, which integrates with VS? Right
now, the only eligible providers/data sources are MS SQL Server or Access,
and it isn't clear to me how to add another provider that could be used to
access DB2? (Maybe it's not possible in VS 2010, but I haven't had much
luck figuring this out by searching online.) Any advice, links or
direction would be much appreciated.

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