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Essential ADO.NET
by Bob Beauchemin


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Edition: Paperback


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Written for programmers, this guide explains ADO.NET, with detailed discussions of classes, interfaces, properties, and methods. It also examines the structure of data and the ways ADO.NET solves data access problems. Scalabilty, concurrency, and robustness are all discussed. Particular attention is given to the need to balance generic functionality and efficiency. The author has worked as a software developer, systems administrator, and computer instructor.Book News, Inc.®, Portland, OR

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Comprehensive guide for developers of data ware applications who want to transition to Microsoft's new .NET data access architecture. Presents a thorough explanation of ADO.NET, exploring in depth the capabilities of classes, interfaces, properties, and methods. Softcover.

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Product Details
  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson Education; 1st edition (May 28, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 0201758660
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 1.0 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds.
  • Average Customer Review: based on 12 reviews.
  • Amazon.com Sales Rank: #321,332 in Books
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Not for developers., June 30, 2005
Reviewer:Joe (Boston, MA USA) - See all my reviews
This reads like an ADO.NET user manual where all possibilities are mentioned but lack reasoning and coherence in the subject. Its not an easy read and was not written for develoipers who needs to quickly get to the topic instead its more for trainers.

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Excellent Reference/Resource Book, November 24, 2004
Reviewer:a .NET Head ".Net Head" (Somewhere in Texas) - See all my reviews
This book covers those things about ADO.NET you cannot seem to find anywhere else - web, books, etc. Examples in the book provide straight-to-the-point information and details.

Personally, I feel this a must have book for your .NET collection!

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A comprehensive reference to ADO.NET, September 18, 2003
Reviewer: A reader
I was generally very pleased with this book. It is an excellent reference for .NET developers using any of the more advanced features of ADO.NET. Bob's chapter on XML integration with ADO.NET is particularly well done.

I expect to be using this book as a reference for years to come.

My only compliant is that the book sometimes blurs the distinctions between SQL Server and other relational databases such as Oracle and DB2 UDB. Features that are only relevant to SQL Server are sometimes lumped together with more general database connectivity issues. It would have been clearer to have separate chapters for using ADO.NET with databases other than Microsoft SQL Server.

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Look Elsewhere, February 20, 2003
Reviewer:"justdogbert" (Schenectady, NY United States) - See all my reviews
Book contains a lot of valuable information, unfortunately it reads like an owner's manual. The layout of the book is it's main drawback, it follows the same format as legal codes (ex. 7.2.2 Refining Dataset'S XML schema) and the text formatting of the book looks like it was done in Word. If you are a fan of the "developmentor series" you should like this book, otherwise go somewhere (anywhere, ok maybe except Sam's publishing) else.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful:

Outstanding book, February 19, 2003
Reviewer:"fkorb" (Milwaukee, WI USA) - See all my reviews
This book really explains the workings of ADO.NET in clear English. I suspect that the author must have spent many hours tracing the SQL traffic between PC and Database server.

Writing a database intensive application from scratch requires a lot of careful planning. After a few reads from this book, one can design an efficient data layer and deal with nasty problems such as concurrency, provider details and overall performance.

Outstanding book - I can't wait for an update when .NET 1.1 arrives.

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very complete, February 11, 2003
Reviewer:Jim Caldwell (Fort Lauderdale, FL United States) - See all my reviews
I've read this book a couple of times. I don't have a problem with the style of writing like some of the other reviews have said. I think style is just a matter of taste. For me, it seems like Mr. Beauchemin does a good job answering the important questions, so it works for me. What I think is the biggest strength of the book is how much the author knows about various databases and how he always contrasts SQL client classes to OLEDB client classes. I also like the coverage on Datasets as a standalone repository of data.

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