Inventory App

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If you can help me out with understanding this type of coding, I would really appreciate it. I took a couple of classes on C++, but it has been a while. Currently I'm new to Visual Basic. I work in a chemistry lab and I want to make an inventory serach application / database. I don't want to connect it to a server. I just want it to read from the files i have on my computer. 
So lets say I wanted to look up an Organic Chemical or Inorganic Chemcial Category. For now lets just call it chemical X. I can either type it in or it will be in a drop down menu. Once I pick chemical X, it would bring up basic information about it. Such as the weight, boiling point, size, where it is stored, cost to purchase and location ect. 
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ASKED: June 22, 2012  12:52 AM
UPDATED: June 22, 2012  5:24 PM

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Use TextReader and TextWriter classes. If you just want to write texts.

If you want to read or write structured information (A record like we do in db) in a file, you should use Serialization technique. Check the below specified classes in MSDN:
FileStream, BinaryFormatter.

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  • TomLiotta
    I don't want to connect it to a server. I just want it to read from the files i have on my computer. The 'server' would be on your computer. The 'connection' to it would be with practically the same coding that you would use if it was on a separate server system. But maybe you have a particular concept in mind. Please describe the "files" that you'd expect to use on your computer. Tom
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  • RiceCooker
    Thank you for your fast reply. I prefer Excel files if that's possible, because I currently have an excel file containing at least 70% of what I want in this application. Do you think it would be easier if I used a text file? I want to be able to update the information easily.
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