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Professional ADO 2.5 Rds Programming with ASP 3.0 Paperback – February, 2000
Getting the most out of ASP-based Web pages on the Microsoft Web platform is the mission of Professional ADO 2.5 RDS Programming with ASP 3.0, a practical-minded tutorial for developing Web pages with dynamic content using the latest standards from Microsoft, including ADO, RDS, and XML.
Approachability and practicality characterize this book. It features short, comprehensible tutorials on basic ASP development using ActiveX Data Objects (ADO) and Remote Data Services (RDS) for Internet Explorer. The text is filled with useful information, including bug workarounds, gotchas, and tips for better performance. Of special interest is the material on using XML to deliver database results. (You learn how to use XML as a standard for processing and saving query results, as well as for storing local results with RDS.) Another helpful section shows how to use Visual Basic to create data objects on the middle tier. This simple solution will at least get you started with Microsoft's Distributed interNet Architecture (DNA) "best practices" for creating scalable Web applications.
One standout chapter shows how to use ADO successfully with Oracle databases (a popular choice with Webmasters). Again, practical tips focus on overcoming known bugs and the limitations of getting these Microsoft and Oracle products to coexist. Useful reference sections on ADO, RDS, (and Oracle) round out the book.
Overall, this is an ideal choice for anyone planning to take advantage of RDS on Internet Explorer on the client, but its good mix of practical tips for the server side of development make Professional ADO 2.5 RDS Programming with ASP 3.0 a particularly valuable resource. --Richard Dragan
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This book is a good introduction to data access and remote data management through ADO and RDS, and the new data handling capabilities of ADO 2.5, with XML. The title also examines data shaping and the other specialized recordsets as well as looking at using RDS with HTML and DHTML. It goes on to discuss using ADO/ASP with Oracle.
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It includes the complete reference with less explanation. What it does go into is the ADO objects (through Disconnected Recordsets), to Data Shaping.
This book concludes with almost 300 pages of Appendix on Reference, Overviews, Object Models, and more. If you know what you are looking for in ADO & RDS (which is probably the case for a "Professional" book), you will find it's answer here.
To my surprise, this book also includes 2 nice chapters about Oracle and it's usage with ADO. Most useful.
If you're looking for a thorough discussion on the pros and cons of the various ADO features and when to employ them, you'll want this book. If you're looking to get started in ADO programming and want to learn from the ground up without drowning in technobabble and without falling asleep, you'll want this book. If all you need is a technical reference to the complete ADO object model to replace the shallow references you'll find in other ADO books, you'll want this book.
The text is well written, the code is explained clearly and concisely, and the book is structured in such a way that you don't have to flip from chapter to chapter trying to sort out material covered earlier in the book. In short, if you work with ADO in any way, you'll want this book
In the end you'll come away with a detailed knowledge of ADO with a book that will forever sit on your desk as a reference.