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

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Chapter 8. Data Binding in Windows Forms

Data binding is the ability of a set of controls to automatically display data from an underlying DataSource with little or no code provided by the programmer. Data binding is normally connected with visual controls, but it does not have to be. It is possible to bind data to properties of nonvisual components as well. Data binding was introduced by Microsoft in Visual Basic 3.0. Prior to this there were Visual Basic custom controls (VBXs) that could be used to accomplish the same result. When data binding was introduced, it was considered revolutionary. Programmers could now create a fully active data-bound form without writing any code at all. This was an integral part of the rapid application development ...

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