A friend asked me to share this technique (which rocks!) for a simple way to pull a pdf from a table without writing an application to do it. It has saved me a lot of time when I need to get to a stored pdf quickly.
LinqPad (which if you do any Linq, and in this case even if you just need to get to a binary object) is a must-have program that allows you to do this.
Here is the simple code snippet that pulls the pdf, saves it to a file, and opens it. You have to connect your database on the top right, and select “C# Statements” in the middle drop down list:
string id = "60821 003";
string dir = "C:\\TempDocs";
// create output directory
// create output filename
string outputPDFFile = Path.Combine(dir, id + ".pdf");
// find the record we want (you have to be connected
// to the database you want to search, and
// PDFDocuments below must match the table you are pulling data from
var mypdf = (from q2 in PDFDocuments where q2.PrintBatchId == id select q2);
// above returns only one record, so below I use SingleOrDefault to get that record.
// otherwise here you could iterate through the records...
// the ".Pdf portion pf this is the column name of the pdf binary data in the table
// this part opens up the pdf for viewing / verifying I have the right one
System.Diagnostics.Process proc = new System.Diagnostics.Process();
proc.EnableRaisingEvents = false;
proc.StartInfo.FileName = outputPDFFile;