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Database Programming with Visual Basic .NET Paperback – August 15, 2001

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ISBN-13: 978-1893115293 ISBN-10: 1893115291 Edition: 1st

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Carsten Thomsen is a Microsoft "Most Valuable Professional," a recognition he received in August 1999. He lives in his native Denmark and currently holds the MCSE, MCAD, and MCSD certifications. Carsten has been programming in Visual Basic for more than 12 years, and he specializes in data access, object-oriented analysis and design, and enterprise development. These days, Carsten is primarily focused on development with Visual Studio .NET, using MSF, UML, Visual Basic .NET, and C#, but he also enjoys working with Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server 2003, Microsoft Content Management Server 2002, and Microsoft BizTalk Server 2004. Carsten now works as a .NET consultant mainly in London and Dublin, but he also does the odd .NET training job.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1 edition (August 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1893115291
  • ISBN-13: 978-1893115293
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,082,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jon Tomana on September 26, 2001
Format: Paperback
I'd recommend this book to any experienced VB programmer that wishes to get into data access with .Net. This book isn't for beginners. If you've worked with ADO and VB for a time, it should be just right. I've invested in a couple of other Apress books and this one is of similar high quality. Lots of details, good reference material, and easy to read. Nice ADO.Net diagram tear out in the back of the book is a nice bonus.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 12, 2001
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This book is something else; not only do I get all the information I need about ADO.NET, but the way the sample code has been put together, leading to a complete application, is simply great. Don't miss out on this book!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 28, 2001
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It starts exactly where I want it to start and guides me through to the more advanced stuff. I saw the Active Directory Stuff, which isn't really me, but I do like the Message Queuing material. That was excellent. I am a fairly decent VB programmer, but the new VB.NET has taken me quite a while to get used to, so I was looking for some good book or other material to teach me ADO.NET, because it is so different to ADO. This book, even with its minor "mistakes" is worth every dime.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 24, 2001
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This is a good book, because it contains everything I ever needed to know about ADO.NET (ADO .NET?). I also needed some information on Message Queuing and that is also covered in a chapter, which is probably the best chapter of them all. I can whole heartedly recommend this book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on October 22, 2002
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A lot of companies including Apress tried to saturate the market with .Net books while Visual Studio.Net was in the Beta. This book is an example of that. There are 2 editions for this book, one is based on the Beta 2 and the other on the initial release of Visual Studio.Net (1.0). The Beta book has several noticeable errors and the editing was a rush job. Some of the examples resemble the on-line help and may be screen shots from the on-line help. The on-line help has improved tremendously since the Beta. The 2nd edition has corrected most of those errors and the editor has done a higher quality job. The chapters on disconnected databases (Chapters 9 thru 12) and XML (Chapter 22) are very good for understanding some of the new features of ADO.Net. Microsoft made several changes to ADO.Net and Visual Basic.Net while these products were Beta, so you want to buy the 2nd edition only. The Beta book may mislead you on several key issues.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 4, 2001
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This is a very detailed book about ADO .NET and more. I especially like chapter 3 which is really my ADO .NET reference now, but also some of the other chapters stand out, like chapter 8 about message queues. This is a solid introduction to ADO .NET that I can recommend to any VB programmer that has previously been working with ADO.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 23, 2001
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I can't believe people are rating this book 4 and 5 stars. Much of the book is wasted space starting with the first chapter which is an introduction to .Net. The second chapter then introduces database terms and concepts that everyone but a beginner would already know. Chapters 3A and 3B do describe every database object that is available in .Net, but this is nothing that cannot already be found in the help or MSDN. Chapter 4 describes the IDE from a Database Viewpoint. Chapter 5 is exception handling. Chapter 6 tells you how to use Stored Procedures, Views and Triggers in SQL Server 2000. Chapter 7 is Active Directory. Chapter 8 is Message Queues. Chapter 9 is datawrappers - Here's the whole chapter. Create private variables and public properties for each field in the table. Chapter 10 is Data Bound Controls. Bottom line - don't waste you money. There is nothing here that cannot be found in the help or MSDN.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dan Cohen on June 1, 2002
Format: Paperback
I recently read Dan Appleman's excellent 'Moving to VB.NET'.
Now that's a great book. It explicitly avoids the abvious path of retelling the product documentation, and it relies on the intelligent reader - novice or veteran - to refer to the .NET documentation.
This book, published by Apress, which was co-founded by Appleman BTW, takes the opposite approach and pushes it to the limit - there are some cases where the explanations are copied directly, verbatim, from the .NET documentation (one example of many: page 84, description of Isolation levels).
This is really annoying - 40 bucks for a copy-and-paste job ?
However, if an author chooses to cut corners, but adds his own interpretation, or anything that makes the content worthwhile - the copy-and-pater job may be forgiven. I am sorry to say he does not add anything that could not be extracted (sometimes faster and easier) from a glance in the .NET Documentation.
What about writing style ? dry and boring, filled with annoying exclamation points that only add to the feeling that you are reading something like a highschool term paper strectched over 500 pages that for some reason was published by a seemingly proffesional publishing house.
Bottom line:
If this is what's available on VB.NET database development, read the documentation instead (even the samples are better).
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