In one of my projects I have to read FoxPro DBF-files and import data from them. As this code must run in server and customer doesn’t want to install FoxPro there we found another solution that seems at least to me way better. In this posting I will show you how to read DBF-files using Sybase Advantage data providers.

I downloaded and installed .NET data provider and my example here is fully based on this.

### Configuring application

If you run application without configuring some data providers stuff before you will get the following error:

Error 5185: Local server connections are restricted in this environment. See the 5185 error code documentation for details.

Go to your application bin folder and add there usual text file called ads.ini. Here is the content for this file:

[SETTINGS]
MTIER_LOCAL_CONNECTIONS=1

static void Main(string[] args){    var tableName = "TABLENAME_WITHOUT_EXTENSION";     var connStr = "data source={0};tabletype=vfp;servertype= local;";    connStr = string.Format(connStr, "c:\\temp\\");     var table = new DataTable();     using (var conn = new AdsConnection(connStr))               using (var adapter = new AdsDataAdapter())    using (var cmd = new AdsCommand())    {        cmd.Connection = conn;        cmd.CommandText = "select * from " + tableName;        adapter.SelectCommand = cmd;         conn.Open();        adapter.Fill(table);        conn.Close();    }      Console.WriteLine("Table fields:");    foreach (DataColumn col in table.Columns)        Console.WriteLine(col.ColumnName);     Console.WriteLine(" ");    Console.WriteLine("Rows: " + table.Rows.Count);     Console.Read();}