This book provides a sophisticated reference to ADO .NET solution development using Microsoft Visual Studio .NET. It is aimed at programmers with a working knowledge of the .NET Framework and VB .NET. A beginner’s knowledge of ADO .NET is not necessary, but it will provide an advantage. Much of the ADO .NET functionality is specifically targeted at developers, and the aim of this book is to dive into the advanced topics and various programming opportunities that the product presents.
The book will assume readers have experience and familiarity with the following technologies:
OLE DB data access technologies
The .NET Framework
XML (Extensible Markup Language)
Visual Studio .NET
The book takes a specifically solutions-oriented approach, demonstrating at all levels how the product can be used to provide timely solutions to real-world problems. Similarly, an emphasis will be placed on the process of solution development using robust examples to teach how concepts are applied in the business world.
Many readers will read the book in sequence, from cover to cover, in order to get up to speed and become familiar with the product as quickly as possible. Others will wish to dip in on individual chapters, even individual sections, effectively using the book as a reference volume. I aim to cater as much as possible to both groups; each chapter has clearly defined content that builds on previously discussed material but does not, in any way, rely on the material that follows it.
The content develops in a consistent, logical manner, which advances the “story” of the book; that is, just as the book as a whole has a direction and purpose, each chapter, even individual sections within a chapter, have a well-defined direction and purpose.