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Programming Microsoft® ASP.NET 3.5 by Dino Esposito

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Chapter 7. ADO.NET Data Providers

ADO.NET is a data-access subsystem in the Microsoft .NET Framework. It was heavily inspired by ActiveX Data Objects (ADO), which has been for years a very successful object model for writing data-aware applications. The key design criteria for ADO.NET are simplicity and performance. Those criteria typically work against each other, but with ADO.NET you get the power and performance of a low-level interface combined with the simplicity of a modern object model. Unlike ADO, though, ADO.NET has been purposely designed to observe general, rather than database-oriented, guidelines.

Several syntactical differences exist between the object models of ADO and ADO.NET. In spite of this, the functionalities of ADO and ADO.NET ...

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