Best Practices - Executing Sql Statements

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public void SaveNewEmployee(Employee newEmployee)
    // best practice - wrap all database connections in a using block so they are always closed & disposed even in the event of an Exception
    // best practice - retrieve the connection string by name from the app.config or web.config (depending on the application type) (note, this requires an assembly reference to System.configuration)
    using(SqlConnection con = new SqlConnection(System.Configuration.ConfigurationManager.ConnectionStrings["MyConnectionName"].ConnectionString))
        // best practice - use column names in your INSERT statement so you are not dependent on the sql schema column order
        // best practice - always use parameters to avoid sql injection attacks and errors if malformed text is used like including a single quote which is the sql equivalent of escaping or starting a string (varchar/nvarchar)
        // best practice - give your parameters meaningful names just like you do variables in your code
        using(SqlCommand sc = new SqlCommand("INSERT INTO employee (FirstName, LastName, DateOfBirth /*etc*/) VALUES (@firstName, @lastName, @dateOfBirth /*etc*/)", con))
            // best practice - always specify the database data type of the column you are using
            // best practice - check for valid values in your code and/or use a database constraint, if inserting NULL then use System.DbNull.Value
            sc.Parameters.Add(new SqlParameter("@firstName", SqlDbType.VarChar, 200){Value = newEmployee.FirstName ?? (object) System.DBNull.Value});
            sc.Parameters.Add(new SqlParameter("@lastName", SqlDbType.VarChar, 200){Value = newEmployee.LastName ?? (object) System.DBNull.Value});

            // best practice - always use the correct types when specifying your parameters, Value is assigned to a DateTime instance and not a string representation of a Date
            sc.Parameters.Add(new SqlParameter("@dateOfBirth", SqlDbType.Date){ Value = newEmployee.DateOfBirth });

            // best practice - open your connection as late as possible unless you need to verify that the database connection is valid and wont fail and the proceeding code execution takes a long time (not the case here)

        // the end of the using block will close and dispose the SqlConnection
        // best practice - end the using block as soon as possible to release the database connection

// supporting class used as parameter for example
public class Employee
    public string FirstName { get; set; }
    public string LastName { get; set; }
    public DateTime DateOfBirth { get; set; }

Best practice for working with ADO.NET

* Most database providers have some sort of connection pooling so creating new managed connections is cheap
* It eliminates any future errors if the code starts working with multiple threads

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