Chapter 4. Retrieving and Manipulating Data with ODP.NET

I was once told during a technical workshop filled with geeky programmers that "an enterprise application is only as strong as its data tier." The programmers loved catchy phrases like that. I'm not sure how true that rings, but I can definitely agree with the most of them that if you don't know your database well enough, you're going to build underperforming routines that the remaining 70 percent of your application will unfortunately be based on.

A robust data tier goes a long way, and understanding the features and limits of what you can or cannot do with ODP.NET is important. This chapter aims to lay the basic groundwork of the types of data retrieval and manipulation possible through ...

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