The book dives into ASP.NET with a breakdown of its new features such as server side controls and event handling, Web services and session state management. It then clearly points out the advantages of ADO.NET--interoperability, a strong-typed programming model, higher disconnected performance, and better scalability. Readers will learn about managed providers and get a tutorial on ANSI SQL and the nitty gritty of database access. Plenty of example code is presented in both Visual Basic.NET and C#.
The book explains how XML and SOAP--the protocol for exchanging XML data--work together as the transmission mechanism behind the scenes of .NET applications. The centerpiece of this new architecture is the Web services feature, and this text covers this powerful Web-callable interface well. ASP.NET and ADO.NET require somewhat of a new programming mindset from previous coding platforms, but this easy-to-read tutorial provides an easy entry point. --Stephen W. Plain
Topics covered: .NET overview, ADO.NET managed providers, data binding, DataGrid control, templates, Web form server controls, validation controls, editing and filtering data, XML and SOAP, BLOB uploading and displaying, Web services, authentication, data caching, ASP.NET reference, and ADO.NET reference.