Chapter 9. Using ADO.NET

This chapter covers how to programmatically and declaratively work with data in databases. Most contemporary professional Web sites are data-driven in that they retrieve and display data usually from some type of a database. This chapter begins by examining how to access and modify data within databases in ASP.NET using the classes of ADO.NET. The chapter concludes with coverage of the codeless approach to accessing data using data source controls.

Introducing ADO.NET

ADO.NET refers to the various classes in the .NET Framework that provide data access. ADO.NET is typically used to access relational databases but can be used as well to access other external data such as XML documents. The classes in ADO.NET fall into ...

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