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Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 Unleashed, Third Edition by Mike Snell, Lars Powers

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Object Relational Mapping

We have spent most of this chapter covering the “standard” process for creating .NET applications that read and write data that resides in a database. Although Visual Studio and the ADO.NET libraries themselves do a lot to abstract away the difficult pieces of that process, problems still remain. In fact, there is one common problem that developers writing database-driven applications face: the mismatch between an application’s normal object-oriented programming model, implemented in C# or Visual Basic, and the relational programming model surfaced in databases or data sets, implemented primarily with SQL.

In the object-oriented world, we manipulate objects via methods and properties, and each object can be (and often ...

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