I'm new to mySQL database programming, and I would like to make a standalone program works with MySQL...
->I have everything installed(Mysql server, VC++,...), but when the application is finished it must work on a PC (WinXP) without the MySQL server installed on it ().

but I still have some questions:
1.how to set up VC++ to compile a standalone-embedded application
(settings, options, linking,...)
2.How does starting up/shutting down this "libmysqld.dll - server" work?
(I've found a tutorial that connects to a already working mysql-server, but as I said: once finished, this program must work on a PC without mysql installed on it...so some help concerning embedded applications would be very helpful...)

any help/suggestions anyone?

thx in advance...