CHAPTER 3

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Windows 8 Modern App Data Access Options

The Windows 8 platform redefines the way apps access and manipulate data, as there is no direct way to access a local or remote database server as we do with .NET using ADO.NET, Linq2SQL, or the Entity framework. WinRT APIs do not provide any of the following options for security and platform-related reasons.

  • Built-in local databases like SQLCE
  • Connection to SQL Express Instances
  • Accessing databases using ODBC or OLEDB providers
  • Direct access to the disk

With these limitations, managing data becomes a critical part in developing a Windows 8 app. In this chapter we take a look at various data ...

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