- 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 (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 24 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,250,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Database Programming with Visual Basic .NET 1st Edition
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About the Author
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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1. It looks like about 1/4 of the content is pasted straight from the documentation, with very little if any change. This content is effectively useless, because the version in the product is constantly updated, and therefore should be preferred.
2. The organization is poor. The "stream-of-consciousness" mode doesn't structure chapters to put the important stuff together nor in a logical sequence. It's just one topic after another, dumped together.
3. Some of the sample code examples don't work. For example, on page 101, the first example mixes classes from the namespaces for OleDB and SQL Server. This doesn't work in real code. Obviously the example was cut-and-pasted, and not completely modified, and then not tested to see if it worked.
4. A lot of the sample code looks like it was generated by the wizards in Visual Studio and then just pasted in.
All in all, look somewhere else for your ADO.NET introduction. While this book has a few in-depth topics that are currently hard to find elsewhere, the overall haphazard nature of the material is not worth wading through to get to the small about of good stuff.
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.
If this is what's available on VB.NET database development, read the documentation instead (even the samples are better).