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Product Details

  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Mike Murach & Associates (April 14, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890774197
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890774196
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,566,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

If you’re a VB.NET programmer who wants to learn database programming with ADO.NET at a professional level here’s a new book that presents all the skills you need in a logical progression from the simple to the complex. And because our books have features that you won’t find in competing books, you’ll learn faster and better. Here’s how we do it:

* This book presents everything you need to know to develop VB.NET database applications at a professional level. That sounds simple. But to get all of this information from other sources would take you 3 or 4 other books plus the Microsoft documentation…and you’d still have to figure out how it all worked together!
* To show you how all of the pieces of a database application interact, this book presents 21 complete applications ranging from the simple to the complex. This includes the forms, the code, and the property settings. As we see it, the only way to master database programming is to study applications like these. And yet, you won’t find them in other books.
* If you page through this book, you’ll see that all of the information is presented in "paired pages," with the essential syntax, guidelines, and examples on the right page and the perspective and extra explanation on the left page. This helps you learn faster by reading less...and this is the ideal reference format when you need to refresh your memory about how to do something.

Customer Reviews

After wasting 60 dollars on VB.net step by step, I read this book.
Mubasher Ahmed
It is clear when you read the book that the authors are definitely geared towards teaching the subject and making it as easy as possible for you to learn.
Harinath Thummalapalli
My overall opinion is that this book is an excellent tool to learn ADO.
Andrew Sutton

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Harinath Thummalapalli on August 1, 2003
Format: Paperback
There are very few publishers in the IT world that follow the approach taken by the Murach's series to teach. All the left hand side pages of this book are theory and explanations and all the right hand side pages of this book are code/explanations. It is a new and unique approach that seems to work. It is clear when you read the book that the authors are definitely geared towards teaching the subject and making it as easy as possible for you to learn. This is obvious even in the way things are explained where the authors make no assumptions and start from scratch in explaining everything in great detail. This is an excellent approach to teach beginners.
The book is split into two parts - using VB.NET to build desktop applications and using VB.NET to build web applications. But for both sections, it MAINLY addresses the issue of connecting to databases through ADO.NET. And if you are looking at learning how to develop just web applications, you are forced to learn how to build desktop applications first. The reason for this is that the book starts with the desktop applications before proceding to the web applications and it doesn't repeat the knowledge presented in the earlier chapters. So you can't start directly reading the web development chapters. But we found that it isn't that great an inconvenience.
If you are in a rush, you are better off looking at another book in the market - 'Programming the Web with Visual Basic.NET' by Torkelson, et al. This book only addresses how to develop web applications using VB.NET and it does an equally fantastic job at teaching if not better. It also goes a lot deeper into the subject. This other book does does claim to be only for Intermediate/Advanced users though we believe that if you are an experienced programmer but just new to VB.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ali Mutlu on September 23, 2005
Format: Paperback
I took on the project of constructing a database application to track our customers since there was nothing out there off the shelf that would do exactly what we needed done. I had not programmed in 12 years and did not know a first thing about VB.NET or object-oriented programming. The book is so well structured that I managed to build a database application from the ground-up while learning to program all over again within 6 months - it would have taken shorter but the only times I could dedicate to the project was nights and weekends. And guess what; after I beta-tested the program and ironed out the bugs, the program never even crashed once! On average 15 concurrent users are on the program and enter about 200 transacions daily. This book helped make my project a success.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By V. Sayakanit on May 28, 2005
Format: Paperback
I was in several Oracle's training classes. In most classes, each takes approximately from two to five days. If you were in the class, you would get a handout book printing from Instructor's PowerPoint slide. The handout, in bullet format, covers only the closed-to-a-real application examples. It is concise. Instructor covers the slide for 30 mins. Then, he gave you many lab exercises to follow. With this method, I think you can understand the context in the short time. This book is using the same method. By pursuing this book, you do not need the real instructor. All instructor suggestions are already in the book.

At the end of each chapter, you will have a chance to modify the project that you already did in the chapter. For example, if the author shows you how to write create adapter, you will have a chance to enhance those statements to be more complex. You are also able to do extra projects that the author has not taught in the text. As a result, you can apply those skills to develop your own projects.

Another good thing about this book is that the screen captures are very clear. You can see what the points of the author. In many books, they fail to do so because readers cannot read words on those screens.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michael L. Mctaggart on June 10, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is the best ADO.Net book I have read. It covers most everything you need to learn to develop an application using ADO.Net. The book is relevant for beginning all the way through expert level developers.
It starts out with the assumption that you know nothing about databases and database programming. There is a good primer on client server systems, relational databases, and SQL. After the intro, it goes into the basics of ADO.Net. It then builds on that foundation and provides in-depth details of the syntax and usage of .Net database programming.
The authors are clear, concise, and explain things very well without being verbose or chatty. There are also many useful and relevant tips throughout the lessons. After you have learned the syntax and functions of ADO.Net, they give you two sample applications, an order entry Windows program and a vendor maintenance web app, that apply the lessons learned in the previous chapters. My one problem with the book is that the code samples do not contain comments, which would be useful with the sample apps. All examples and code are available for download. I haven't done this yet so I can't speak to how well the code works.
Besides ADO.Net, there are excellent sections on ASP.Net and N-Tier applications, but what I especially like is the chapter on Crystal Reports. Most every application requires some type of reporting but almost none of the .Net books I read cover the subject. This book devotes 30 pages to Crystal. I wish I would have read this book before I wrote my first .Net app using Crystal; it would have saved me a lot of time.
If you need to quickly get up to speed with .Net database programming, this is the book.
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