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Programming Microsoft SQL Server 2000 with Microsoft Visual Basic .Net (Microsoft Programming)

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ISBN-13: 978-0735615359
ISBN-10: 0735615357
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Product Details

  • Series: Microsoft Programming
  • Paperback: 500 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press (May 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735615357
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735615359
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,764,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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First, the book starts with a pretty thorough coverage of SQL Server. It then gives you an overview of the different ways you can utilize SQL server from .NET. It talks some about Windows applications, some about ASP for Internet and closes with XML and Web Services.
Personally, I thought the SQL coverage was really good - including security and stored procedures, but that the VB.Net coverage didn't provide as much detail as I had hoped.
The main reason I bought this was to try to find some answers to holes I felt other authors had left - deployment strategies and examples (including the SQL portion), dealing with text and binary objects and maximizing application performance. These topics were covered very lightly or not at all in this book.
I also thought the author spent too much time on details that aren't really useful. Its pretty interesting that you can modify table structures on the fly, but how many production applications actually do that? I would have appreciated much more time on reading and updating data than all of the stuff surrounding manipulating the schema. My normal mode of operation is to modify the table in the Enterprise manager and let it generate a SQL script for me to build the database. I don't plan on writing programs to modify the database structure; I'd rather program to modify its contents. He also spends a chapter on views from SQL, but views aren't used in any VB code anywhere in the book.
My final criticism is this - the SQL material and VB material are too separate. For instance, he spends a lot of time on stored procedures and their power. He mentions some of the ways they can be used in VB. That would have been a great time to show VB and utilize the procedures he just developed. Instead, the utilization happens about 200+ pages later.
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Rick's book is the best one I read on VB.NET with SQL Server. The flow of the book is unbeatable. Every chapter is clearly written and well planned to backup the chapters that will follow it. Executing stored procedures from VB.NET is the best part of the book because when I ran the code it worked. Other books I bought (too many of them!!!) do not compare to this book.
The other thing about the author is that he replied to my email about an issue not mentioned in the book as soon as he received it. I strongly recommend this book.
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Like most people, I appreciate humor. But when I'm pressed for time and need to learn the nuts and bolts of a programming language, I'd rather an author save his chuckles for his own time. Or her own time. Whatever. Dobson's book is right up my alley. It's serious, but not complicated. The pages are filled with good, technical information, supported by concise examples and efficient diagrams. No wasted space, no wasted words.In contrast, Karl Moore's book (VB .Net: The Tutorials), though quite informative, was annoying in its silliness. This tome served as a refreshing antidote. Of course reasonable people can disagree on the humor thing--the disagreeable can go to Moore's work. In this book, multiple topics are covered well: SQL programming, including the all-powerful stored procedure, Windows application programming, XML programming and ASP.Net programming. Dobson's treatment of SQL in concert with VB .Net should help anyone get up to speed writing DB applications in no time. It is a wonderful text that successfully paints with a broad and serious stroke.
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I bought this book at the same time I bought Visual Studio .NET. In other words I was looking for something to bootstrap me into the world of VB.NET database development. The first part of the book is a practical SQL server primer. Very useful. The chapter I found most useful, however, was Chapter 10. It basicly tells you how to put together a Windows Form that will maintain data in an SQL database. In particular it gives a very good example of using ADO.NET data components in conjunction with Windows Forms data binding. That was precisely the info I was looking for and the basics were all there in one chapter.
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