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Programming Microsoft® SQL Server™ 2008 by Leonard Lobel, Andrew Brust, and Stephen Forte

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Chapter 10. The Microsoft Data Access Machine

Andrew Brust

Anyone who’s been working with Microsoft developer technologies for a long time knows that Microsoft comes out with new data access application programming interfaces (APIs) and tools on a fairly frequent basis. Going back to pre–.NET days, Microsoft Visual Basic programmers started with Data Access Objects (DAO) and then moved on to Remote Data Objects (RDO) before landing on ActiveX Data Objects (ADO). The last of these three provided the inspiration for Microsoft ADO.NET, which has, in successive versions, become a very sophisticated programming API for working with data (especially Microsoft SQL Server data) and, through typed DataSets, a powerful rapid application development (RAD) ...

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