Chapter 17. ADO.NET Fundamentals

IN THIS CHAPTER

ADO.NET is the set of classes and tools built into the .NET Framework that allow you to create powerful, scalable, and reliable data-driven applications. Using ADO.NET, you can connect to databases of all sorts including SQL Server, Oracle, Microsoft Access, and even some other less common database formats. When connected to a database, you can query and manipulate data in a wide variety of ways.

ADO.NET is an extremely large topic. As such, this one chapter won’t cover all of it. This chapter focuses on the fundamentals of ADO.NET programming: using the data providers, connecting to a database, ...

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