portable SQL ADO.NET provider


MacroScope is a .NET library (2 libraries, actually) automagically transforming SQL commands to a form expected by different database engines, so that (for example) the MS SQL Server-specific construction

SELECT TOP 10 * FROM table_name
SELECT * FROM table_name WHERE rownum <= 10
when used for Oracle. This is done transparently behind the standard ASP.NET interface, without littering code with conditionals and leaving the application programmer free to concentrate on the application logic.

The transformation is implemented by a custom ADO.NET database provider, which parses the SQL passed to it and then uses (hardcoded but encapsulated) rules to recognize and rewrite constructions incompatible with the target database. As an added benefit, the parsed tree is available to the application, enabling custom SQL transformations (adding selected columns, conditions, clauses etc.) on an object model based on the standard SQL grammar, even for commands not known at compile time and passed to the application as simple strings.

MacroScope supports a practically useful subset of SQL commands INSERT, SELECT, UPDATE and DELETE, for 3 database backends: MS SQL Server, Oracle and MS Access. It is used in production, but new users will probably find the list of supported backends incomplete, some constructions they'd like to use unsupported and many incompatibilities remaining (especially for MS Access - there's a lot things it just doesn't do, and no amount of SQL rewriting is going to make the backend more capable). These limitations are an important reason for releasing the component as Open Source, so that many users can improve it for their specific needs and share their improvements for our mutual benefit.