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ADO.NET Programming in Visual Basic™ .NET by Bob Howell, Steve Holzner

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Chapter 3. Visual Basic .NET Database Tools

Tools, tools, tools. It’s funny, but if I were asked to name the one thing that has changed the most since the 1980s, as far as programming is concerned, I would have to say it is the tools available to the programmer. As far as the programming itself goes, we really aren’t doing much more real work than we were 15 years ago. We’re basically making screens, updating data, creating reports, and doing background (now called server-side) processing. Yes, it’s a lot cheaper and a lot faster and a lot more complicated. In 1985, $40,000 got me a COBOL compiler for the Data General Minicomputer I programmed, and it was just that, a compiler. No editor (one came with the operating system), no IDE, no tools, ...

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