This tutorial will get you up and running with Rezoom.SQL. In just a few minutes, you'll be writing statically typed SQL in your program and running it on a SQLite database.

You'll need Visual Studio 2015 or 2017 -- the free Community Edition is fine.

Make sure you check the box for "F# language support" in the installer. If you've already installed VS2017, you can re-run the installer and modify your installation to include F# language support.

Creating a new F# project for the tutorial

In Visual Studio, click File -> New -> Project. On the left side, select Templates -> Other Languages -> Visual F#, and select Console Application. Make sure you target .NET framework 4.5 or newer.

screenshot of new project dialog

Installing Rezoom.SQL from NuGet

In your new project, open up the package manager console window (View -> Other Windows -> Package Manager Console) and type:

Install-Package Rezoom.SQL.Provider
Install-Package Rezoom.SQL.Provider.SQLite

This will add Rezoom.SQL and its dependencies to your project, along with a few files to help you get started.

If you are using Paket instead of NuGet, see the important note for Paket users at the bottom of this page.

Setting up your database model

One of the files automatically added to your project is V1.model.sql. Take a look inside and you'll see some SQL code like this. Give it a quick read so you understand the example model.

Note: you might want to toggle off SQL -> Intellisense Enabled because it's designed for T-SQL syntax.

create table Users
    ( Id int primary key autoincrement
    , Email string(254) unique
    , Name string(64) null

create table Comments
    ( Id int primary key autoincrement
    , AuthorId int references Users(Id)
    , Comment string(512)

create index IX_Comments_AuthorId on Comments

Now open up Program.fs, the main module of your program. The first thing you'll need to do is create the database and run that migration script to create your tables. Fortunately, this doesn't take much code.

open Rezoom.SQL
open Rezoom.SQL.Migrations

type MyModel = SQLModel<"."> // find migrations in the project folder, "."

let migrate() =
    // customize the default migration config so that it outputs a message after running a migration
    let config =
        { MigrationConfig.Default with
            LogMigrationRan = fun m -> printfn "Ran migration: %s" m.MigrationName
    // run the migrations, creating the database if it doesn't exist

let main argv =
    // return 0 status code

Go ahead and run this program with ctrl+F5. You should see that it outputs that it ran the migration. If you run it again, it won't output anything, since the database already exists and there's no need to run migrations.

You can find the database it created, named rzsql.db, in the bin/Debug folder of your project. If you'd like to take a look around it and see the tables, I recommend using DB Browser for SQLite.

Adding some data

You add data to your tables using plain old SQL INSERT statements. Try adding this code to your program (if you're lazy, just delete your main function and paste this in its place):

open Rezoom.SQL.Synchronous // extension methods for running commands synchronously

// define a SQL command for inserting a user and getting their ID
type InsertUser = SQL<"""
    insert into Users(Name, Email) values (@name, @email);
    select last_insert_rowid() as id

// define a SQL command for inserting a comment 
type InsertComment = SQL<"insert into Comments(AuthorId, Comment) values (@authorId, @comment)">

let addExampleUser name email =
    // open a context in which to run queries
    use context = new ConnectionContext()
    // insert a user and get their ID
    let userId : int64 =
        InsertUser.Command(email = email, name = Some name).ExecuteScalar(context)
    // add a couple comments by the user
    InsertComment.Command(authorId = int userId, comment = "Comment 1").Execute(context)
    InsertComment.Command(authorId = int userId, comment = "Comment 2").Execute(context)

// edit your main function to call the new insert code
let main argv =
    addExampleUser "Test Person" "[email protected]"
    // return 0 status code

You may notice that if you run this program twice, you'll get an error the second time. This is because of the unique constraint on User.Email. If you change the email address in the program, you can run it again. Try editing it to get an email address at runtime from Console.ReadLine().

Querying for data

So far you've already run a query once: the select last_insert_rowid() as id following inserting a user. But you can use the SQL<...> provided type to run all sorts of SQL queries. Let's try getting the list of users. Again, you can add this code onto your program by removing your main function and putting this code in its place.

type ListUsers = SQL<"""
    select * from Users

let showUsers() =
    use context = new ConnectionContext()
    let users = ListUsers.Command().Execute(context)
    printfn "There are %d users." users.Count
    for user in users do
        printfn "User ID %d's email is %s..." user.Id user.Email
        match user.Name with
        | None -> printfn "  and they don't have a name."
        | Some name -> printfn "  and their name is %s." name

// edit your main function to call the new query code
let main argv =
    // return 0 status code

Using more complex queries

You can use SQL joins, group by, etc. in your queries. The SQL syntax is closely based on that of SQLite. For more details, refer to the language section of this documentation.

For example, we can join the Users table to the Comments table to get a list of comments and data about the users who wrote them. This also demonstrates using query parameters. Notice that Rezoom.SQL infers that the parameter @name is a string from the fact that the query concatenates it with other strings.

// find comments by users whose names contain the given substring
type ListCommentsByUser = SQL<"""
    select u.Id, u.Email, c.Id as CommentId, c.Comment
    from Users u
    join Comments c on c.AuthorId = u.Id
    where u.Name like '%' || @name || '%'

let showComments name =
    use context = new ConnectionContext()
    let comments = ListCommentsByUser.Command(name).Execute(context)
    printfn "There are %d comments by users matching the name `%s`." comments.Count name
    for comment in comments do
        printfn "User ID %d:" comment.Id
        printfn " Email: %s" comment.Email
        printfn " Comment ID: %d" comment.CommentId
        printfn " Comment: %s" comment.Comment

// edit your main function to call the new query code
let main argv =
    showComments "Test"
    // return 0 status code

Note for Paket users

The package Rezoom.SQL.Provider.SQLite includes sample configuration files to help you get started. These include V1.model.sql and rzsql.json.

When you update using NuGet, if you changed these files, it'll ask you before overwriting them. You will probably want to answer "no" to this question.

If you are using Paket, watch out. It will not ask and will overwrite these files every time you update or restore packages. This is definitely not what you want! So if you are using Paket, either:

  • Just use Rezoom.SQL.Provider and create the configuration files yourself by referring to the configuration section of this manual. Once you've seen the examples it's not difficult.

  • Or use nuget Rezoom.SQL.Provider.SQLite content: once so the configuration files get installed the first time, but never overwritten. See Paket docs.

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