A couple of years ago I created a really simple desktop app and out it on codeplex (now on github) – the app was just concerned with extracting binary (blob) data from a sql database and writing it to the file system. Its not an especially complicated task, but I occasionally find myself returning to this project and installing it. I wrote an article about extracting data from sql database blob fields at the time.
I can easily re-write the code to do this, but I guess what I like about having a specific tool for the job is that it makes it much quicker and easier – and it lets me focus on what I’m doing, rather than writing code to retrieve blob files! The project is the SQL Database BLOB File Extractor.
It also makes me happy that a project that I wrote 2 years ago in an afternoon is still useful today – to me at least!!