I am posting this code for anyone who may be having issues with connecting to a database. Feel free to use this code as you wish.
This will be using the OLEDB library.
'Imports Imports System.Data.OleDb Public Class Form1 'Declarations Dim con As OleDbConnection Dim cmd As OleDbCommand Dim sqls As String Dim sqlcmd As String Private Sub Form1_Load(sender As System.Object, e As System.EventArgs) Handles MyBase.Load 'In form_load event, but can be used on button click. 'For hard coded connection string sqls = "Provider=SQLOLEDB;Datasource=YOURSERVERNAMEHERE;" & _ "Initial Catalog=YOURDATABASENAMEHERE;Integrated Security=SSPI" 'For dynamic connection string sqls = "Provider=SQLOLEDB;Datasource=" & txtServerName.Text & ";Initial Catalog=" & _ txtDatabaseName.Text & ";Integrated Security=SSPI" 'Place all connection code in try/catch blocks. Try 'Connect using the string we have just created If con.State <> ConnectionState.Open Then con.ConnectionString = sqls con.Open() End If 'Alternative way is: If con.State <> ConnectionState.Open Then con = New OleDbConnection(sqls) con.Open() End If 'Selecting everything from a database sqlcmd = "SELECT * FROM tablename" 'Selecting a specific value when you have a reference sqlcmd = "SELECT * FROM tablename WHERE columnname = referencevalue" 'Non hardcoded method sqlcmd = "SELECT * FROM tablename WHERE columnname = '" & txtDataToSearchBy.Text & "'" 'Setting the command cmd.Connection = con cmd.CommandText = sqlcmd 'Alternative way is: cmd = New OleDbCommand(sqlcmd, con) 'Querying the database 'Many differny ways. 'Returns number of rows cmd.ExecuteNonQuery() 'Returns only the first column of first row. cmd.ExecuteScalar() 'Builds a data reader with the current command. cmd.ExecuteReader() 'Good practice is to close and dispose of a connection. 'This is more effecient than waiting for the 'garbage collector' to come around and dispose of it for you. If con.State = ConnectionState.Open Then con.Close() con.Dispose() End If Catch ex As Exception 'For a descript message, use the ex.message method. MsgBox(ex.Message) End Try End Sub End Class
Hope this helps anyone who may be stuck.