Connections, Data Adapters, and Datasets

This chapter begins our database work, a very big topic in C#. In fact, Microsoft says that most Visual Studio work involves databases. Database handling is an extensive subject in C# programming, so we'll spend this and the next chapter on it. As with the rest of the book, this will be a programmer-to-programmer discussion, so we're going to omit some of the basics; for example, we're going to assume you're familiar with what a database is and at least introductory SQL here.

There are two ways to work with databases in C#—using the IDE's visual tools, and in code. In this chapter, we're going to work with the visual tools, and in the next chapter, we'll handle databases exclusively in code.

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