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Tim Patrick is an author and software architect with over 25 years of experience in software development and technical writing. He has written six books and several articles on programming and other topics. In 2007, Microsoft awarded him with its Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award in recognition of the benefits his writings bring to Visual Basic and .NET programmers.

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Product Details

  • Series: Step by Step Developer
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (November 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735638888
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735638884
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.1 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tim Patrick is an author and computer consultant with nearly thirty years of experience in software development and technical writing. He has published many books and articles on technical, religious, humorous, and general topics. His humor works have appeared in national magazines such as The Humor Times and The Wittenburg Door. In 2007, Microsoft presented him with its Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award in recognition of the benefits his writings bring to software developers. Tim earned his undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Seattle Pacific University. For even more information, visit his web site: wellreadman.com

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By inthebackofmymind on July 24, 2011
Format: Paperback
I'm writing this review in response to one of the previous reviews written here...had I read Dave's review, I wouldn't have purchased this book --which is unfortunate because it's a great book! I have little experience with Microsoft and come from an open source background, so this is all new to me. So far I have only read the first 60 pages (I bought this book two days ago), but I can say the examples are great and the author, so far, has done an incredible job explaining things. If you're new to ADO.NET and need a way of quickly getting up to speed, this book will be a great asset!

I'm confused by Dave's comment about the book being "a combination of random snippets that never bring anything together" because that simply isn't true. The author, actually, provides SEVERAL complete and fully functional examples you can download and modify during the exercises!

Dave also cites his confusion about datatables and finds fault with the author for his confusion --when the author has provided a lucid explanation on the subject! How is this the author's fault?!

Anyway, it's a great book and if you're looking for a balance between theory and "hands on," this is probably your book...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Riccardo Audano on January 12, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Clear, straightforward, and truly step by step, this book will make a more than decent introduction for the developer who is totally new to accessing and manipulating data with the .NET platform. I really love the idea of the step by step exercises and having a "before" and "completed" version of the exercises. Another big plus is that there the code is written in both C# and VB version, both in the book examples and in the example code.. And the code is easy to understand and actually works.. I did find a couple of mistakes, and a little problem with some of the examples due to the fact that running in a non english locale date parsing will not work as expected by the book example code.. but I guess those can be viewed as minor and almost inevitable faults.. I also liked the fact that the author has chosen GUI examples and not the typical command line ones.. Having GUI code around does complicates things a little bit, but at least you get to see data manipulation in a more realistic and "satisfying" scenario.. I do have a minor gripe about this though: I think that the author should have used WPF examples throughout the book and left windows form in the 90's where they belong :) Also I think that the learning experience would have been much richer if the author had spent a little time illustrating and explaining the structure and workings of the application to complete in the step by step exercises. I know that is not the point of the book, but concentrating so exclusively on the ado code in the examples application risks to compromise the understanding of the big picture and makes for a very mechanical experience..
As for coverage, this book makes a decent job of covering all major areas, from data tables, to Linq, EF and WCF data services..
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Olson on December 1, 2013
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This is written for Visual Studio 2010 and SQL Server 2008. Using the newer, Express versions of these products I wasn't able to get past the first chapter of this book, because the examples simply will not run. VS2012 (and now VS2013) are vastly different than VS2010.

And this book is completely dependent upon those code examples working properly, because they're not reproduced in the book. Therefore, if you can't see or work with the downloaded samples, you can't even follow along in the book.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John F. Eakins on May 25, 2011
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As with the other book, I haven't made it all the way through this book yet, however, what I have done the book is well written, covers the basics of the subject well and will start one down the path to understanding ADO. Please do understand that this book is not an all inclusive containment of the subject as ADO.NET is a rather deep subject. What this book does is start one down the path to understanding ADO with the 4.0 .net framework. I understand much of the subject but I purchased the book for the new stuff. Study well and enjoy as this will start you down the road to programming ADO.NET.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SorenTwo on September 27, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
What can I say except I've been looking forward to reviewing this ebook. I've completed 12 chapters plus the first part chapter 21, Binding Data with ADO.NET, Binding Data in Windows Forms. These chapters cover ADO.NET proper; the balance covers: Entity Framework, LINQ and REST/WCF.

I think the much lambasted "Dave" had just a smidgin of truth to his complaint but suspect he didn't read much of the book. When I began ADO.NET Step by Step, I could relate to his complaint: I got a lot of theory and advice but then keyed in just 1-2 lines of code here and there per chapter. The first few chapters were quite frustrating. Still, it didn't get too much better later on. Yes, in the latter chapters I might be typing in 20-40 lines of code but, the main problem was that this book's user-work lacked any learning context. Let me explain.

The 13 chapters I covered consist of about 5 nearly complete projects, of which some were re-used. These projects are actually quite nice little beasts of 150-400 lines of good code per class, composed of 2-3 classes. Each class may have about 30 methods. The problem is that all the reader does is complete the project by typing in a little bit of code to make each project work. There is virtually no commenting in the code and no explanation of what the code does in the book. So you don't really learn how to use ADO.NET in the context of building a project. Now I don't know how big the ADO.NET API is, but there is no way I got a handle on it by learning it in this fashion.

On the positive side, all the code worked. I did not encounter a single error or typo that wasn't my fault. Yet I barely learned a thing.
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