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

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ADO .NET Class Library Overview

The central class in ADO .NET is the DataSet. While it is tempting to compare the DataSet to the ADO RecordSet object, it is really a different type of object entirely. The ADO .NET DataSet is really a repository for XML data. ADO .NET has more to do with reading and persisting XML data than it does accessing databases. Instead of its primary function being to access databases, its primary function is to access, store, and save XML documents from many different sources. The database is just one of those sources. Data is persisted as World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)–compliant XML, so any consumer complying with the standard, no matter the platform, can use it. The DataSet can be used as a stand-alone object for ...

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