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Microsoft® ADO.NET (Core Reference) (Developer Reference)

4.4 out of 5 stars 51 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 079-0145142375
ISBN-10: 0735614237
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About the Author

David Sceppa is a program manager on the SQL Server® team at Microsoft and an expert on ADO.NET. As a former technical lead in the Microsoft Developer Support group, he helped customers build database applications with Visual Basic and Microsoft Visual FoxPro®. David is MCSD certified in Microsoft .NET and has a background in teaching.

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Product Details

  • Series: Developer Reference
  • Hardcover: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press (June 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735614237
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735614239
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 2.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,815,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I read through the entire book over the course of about a day and a half. It is nice to find a technical book that is enjoyable to read.
This is currently the best ADO.NET book on the market. While there are a couple of areas where I believe some other books have provided better coverage (concurrency handling, for example), I know of no book that covers the whole of ADO.NET as well as this tome.
The flow of the book is very nice. Starting you out with DataConnections, the book logically moves through commands, readers, adapters and DataSets, which it further breaks down into its constituent parts. The last few chapters cover updates, transactions, XML and a few other advanced topics.
While the writing makes this book easier to read than the competition, I would not rate this as a beginner's book. If you are just getting into ADO.NET, and have not coded many data-driven apps, you will do well to revisit this book in a few months.
The strongest section in this book is probably the extensive coverage of the DataSet. Learning how to manipulate data with a DataSet is core to success with ADO.NET.
One of the biggest disappointments, for me, is the reliance on the System.Data.OleDb namespace. While certainly the most flexible, there should have been a few more SqlClient examples. In all fairness to the author, the SqlClient, OleDb and Oracle providers are covered in the Appendix. The author also warns you about differences between OleDb and SqlClient that you will have to take into account moving your code from one to the other.
I also wish the author had taken a little more time setting up a web application, as most of the application development I do is for the web.
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I bought this book only knowing a little about ADO.NET. I had been frustrated by other books' sterile explanations and examples that only include the most rudimentary data aware setup using wizards. But this one delivered, including a set of tutorials in the back that cover ADO.NET strategies for Windows, and Web/ASP VS.NET development. And not only did it cover setting up these strategies for using data aware components, but it stopped afterward and then admitted that in most cases you wouldn't use completely data aware solutions and it showed how to do the same thing manually in code. Now that is not what I expected.
So why only four stars instead of five? I got lost in the tutorials once. I was creating the app from scratch according to instructions when it deviated to overview of outstanding points of the code rather than exhaustive examination of the code. Then I had to open the sample projects and divine some of it from the code and compare to mine. That was probably my fault but it was distracting. Also the naming conventions are hungarian notation for some variables and control names (which is discouraged in newer C# VS.NET documentation) and the C# code had VB-type Pascal-case rather than correct Camel case. This is typical in most C# Microsoft documentation in books and online, which is obviously ported from VB to C# examples and doesn't follow documented recommended naming conventions (sorry, a pet peeve of mine).
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Ok, I have read a lot of good books on MS tech. I am myself a MCSD/MCDBA/MCSE, and I can tell you, it doesn't get much better than this.
Here is why.
First of all, I never review without reading a book cover to cover. I read this book cover to cover, and I love the way the author keeps the text anything from dull. I love it the way he puts in small jokes, which still are somewhat pertinent.
Secondly, I love it's practical touch. He points out specific problems that I have faced, and this book puts me right in the forefront as far as problems I will only know about, after having worked with ADO.NET hardcore for 2-3 years.
Thirdly, it's relevance. Most books start beating around the bush, atleast in certain topics they do. This book picks very pertinent issues, and gives practical explanations including criticisms as and when appropriate.
BUY IT. :)
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Format: Hardcover
This book was very instrumental in my leap from classic ADO to ADO.Net. The book is very easy to follow and gives good code examples. The book gives a great introduction to all the key principles of ADO.Net and won't leave you stranded without a clue.
The only downsides to this book are:
The book is written for both C# and VB.Net development and would have been very thin if not so. The book was a very quick read, only taking about 4 days to finish. More detail could have been given in the space taken. The other problem I had was that the cover of the book came unglued from the book when I was about 1/2 way through, which wasn't pleasing to say the least.
Lastly, some examples contain errors, which only slightly takes away from the greatness of the book.
Based on content and how easy it was to pick up on ADO.Net I have to give 4 stars.
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I spent almost 8 months struggling with ADO .NET, bought a couple of books and just could't get it done efectively. Thank God for David Sceppa and this wonderful book.
From the very first page you start getting what's going on, and how you must get things done, no goofing around, just a very simple explanation of the concept, and then an example in both VB and C#, which is great because I'm thinking of moving away from VB and get into C#.
Every single object is clearly explained here, DataSets, DataTables, DataRows, Connections, Commands, DataReaders, DataAdapters, DataViews, and each of them's got all its proerties and methods thouroughly explained.
Before reading this book I was builduing an application with ADO .Net and it had the worst, dirtiest code you've ever seen, after reading this book, my code has reduced itself about 60%, and is cleaner, more understandable and it will be much easier to maintain.
There just can't be a better book to get up to speed with ADO .Net, it is really a must have.
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