There's no need to store file system paths in a database. Just store images in your database and then directly load them to your ASP.NET pages.
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Learn how to use Zip and Unzip compatible methods with VB5 or VB6. All the code is contained in class modules that can either be compiled into an ActiveX or dropped into an existing project. The Zip/Unzip functionality is handled by the FreeWare InfoZip components from (http://www.cdrom.com/pub/infozip ) - these DLL's are included in the download.
Converting from one image format to another could not be easier!
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The Transactional File System (TxF), which allows access to an NTFS file system to be conducted in a transacted manner through extensions to the Windows SDK API. MFC 10, has been extended to support TxF and related technologies. This support allows existing MFC applications to be easily extended to support kernel transactions.
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