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About the Author

Mahesh Chand is currently a software developer with Kruse. Inc. He has been working with Microsoft database technologies, including ODBC, DAO, ADO, and OLE-DB, for over 5 years. He has a master's degree in computer science and a bachelor's degree in mathematics, and he's also a Microsoft Certified Professional in VC++. Mahesh is the founder of two websites: C# Corner (http://www.c-sharpcorner.com), one of the largest community sites for .NET developers, and Mindcracker (http://www.mindcracker.com). In addition to his day job, Mahesh writes and programs for C# Corner on C#, VB .NET, ASP .NET, and other .NET technologies, and helps site visitors.
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Product Details

  • Series: Expert's Voice
  • Paperback: 740 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1 edition (April 25, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1893115399
  • ISBN-13: 978-1893115392
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,700,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Good coverage of XML Services and intro to Web Applications.
Dr. Tata Gupta
The book starts with an introduction to C# which is probably good enough for someone familiar with Java or C++.
Thomas Paul
I can recommend Mahesh's c-sharpcorner.com site but not this book.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Christopher J. Falter on March 31, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book may be useful to someone who is a complete beginner to .NET and C#. However, I found it to be the most tedious programming book I have ever read. The author would list 3 pages of code, then change one line, and list the 3 pages again (with the one line difference)! Also, the author never tired of explaining in some depth (like 3 paragraphs) how the 3 different .NET providers had the same basic class taxonomy (but different implementations). After reading the same 3 paragraphs (more or less) for about the 10th time, I swore to myself that I would puke if I encountered those same 3 paragraphs one more time. Fortunately, I decided to pick up and read "ADO.NET Examples and Best Practices for C# Programmers" instead. I learned more in 50 pages there than I learned in 400 pages of this title.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Max on May 6, 2002
Format: Paperback
I was reading this review in .Net Programmer's Magazine and found it useful. Here is some of it in case any body is interested. Overall good book for ADO.NET Beginners. Cheers!
- Max
Understanding Basics
First three chapters of this book are for beginners, who have no idea of C# and ADO.NET. Chapter 1 and chapter 2 of this book are for beginners, who are migrating to C# from other languages specially C++, VB or Java. Chapter 1 covers basic syntaxes of C# language and Chapter 2 shows how to develop Windows applications using Windows Forms and Visual Studio .NET.
Chapter 3 is the chapter, which I liked a lot. This is a small chapter, but this is where author clears every concept of ADO.NET, its architecture and its components. I like author's graphical approach, which I don't find in other books. Author explains each and every component of ADO.NET architecture graphical and shows how all components fit together and builds ADO.NET, one of the best database access technology developed by Microsoft so far.
Chapter 4 of the book is totally dedicated to visual ADO.NET components and Visual Studio .NET. Author shows how you can take advantage of Visual Studio .NET's rich features including Server Explorer, Data-bound controls, Data Form Wizard and so on.
ADO.NET Disconnected classes and Data Providers
Chapter 5 is the most important and biggest chapter of the book. In this chapter, author shows you the broad view of ADO.NET architecture and basic building blocks of ADO.NET and ADO.NET data providers. Author has divided this chapter into two parts. First part covers disconnected classes such as DataSet, DataTable, DataColumn and DataRow and how to use them in a disconnected manner.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kovan A. on May 22, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent for both who are new to ADO.NET and for those that are making the transition from ADO to ADO.NET. The book covers all the important part of ADO.NET in detail to give the readers different concepts in approaching things.
The parts of the book that really helped me out to understand and use ADO.NET are as follow with little description.
Overview of ADO.NET - This gave me a short and sweet look at what ADO.NET is all about and why I should use it in my application and what are the advantages and disadvantages of ADO.NET over the old ADO.
Working with XML - An excellent chapter that gave details about how to use XML and ADO.NET, it covered the important XML classes in detail and how XML can be beneficial in application to make things easier
ASP.NET - This again made it short and sweet in a nutshell on how to get started in using ASP.NET using of course, ADO.NET
Web Services - I had never even looked at web services before I read this chapter, now I can safely say I got a very good understanding on what they are all about and why we would use them as well as how to easily write web services with the chapter written in this book.

Different Flavors - Information in this section I will not use on daily basic but it never hurts to know what other things ADO.NET can do for those that want to explore different aspects of it.
Handling Events - Another short and sweet chapter right on the money

ODBC.NET - This chapter is definitely recommended for those that are working with non Microsoft databases, even things like Microsoft Excel and Flat files. Excellent chapter as far as explaining how to work with Oracle, Sybase and MySQL.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Paul VINE VOICE on May 29, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book is an excellent introduction for the developer new to ADO.NET. The book is geared towards the C# developer using VS.NET so if that doesn't describe you then you will want to look elsewhere. If that does describe you then this is the book you want. The book starts with an introduction to C# which is probably good enough for someone familiar with Java or C++. This is followed by a brief introduction to ADO.NET and how to use VS.NET to build data driven applications. Chapter 5, the longest chapter in the book, is an excellent explanation of using ADO.NET disconnected classes and data providers. The author does an excellent job of explaining these critical topics. The book goes on to explain how XML documents fit into ADO.NET and follows this with a discussion of web applications, web services, and ADO events. The book contains a nice discussion of the ODBC data provider including how to install it into the VS.NET toolkit. This information is not easily found elsewhere. I especially like the author's style, which makes the book feel like a discussion with an enthusiastic co-worker rather than as a dry treatise. The book contains quite a few step-by-step, screen-by-screen examples of building applications. If you are (or plan to be) a C# developer and are new to ADO.NET you are unlikely to find a better book than this one for making this complex topic easily reachable.
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