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Pro ASP.NET 4 in VB 2010, Third Edition by Adam Freeman, Dan Mabbutt, Matthew MacDonald

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Chapter 9. Data Binding

Almost every web application has to deal with data, whether it's stored in a database, an XML file, a structured file, or something else. Retrieving this data is only part of the challenge—a modern application also needs a convenient, flexible, and attractive way to display the data in a web page.

Fortunately, ASP.NET includes a rich and full-featured model for data binding. Data binding allows you to bind the data objects you've retrieved to one or more web controls, which will then show the data automatically. That means you don't need to write time-consuming logic to loop through rows, read multiple fields, and manipulate individual controls.

To make your life even easier, you can use ASP.NET's data source controls. A ...

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