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Special Edition Using Microsoft® Visual Basic® .NET by Jeff Spotts, Brian Siler

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Data and Your Application

As we mentioned in the first chapter of this book, a good design is the foundation of a successful database project. ADO.NET, Microsoft’s latest entry into the data access arena, represents a shift in thinking from previous data access technologies and is clearly geared toward Internet applications. In this section, we will provide a brief overview of the motivation behind ADO.NET and introduce the major ADO.NET classes. In the sections that follow, we will explore ADO.NET in more detail.

Understanding Disconnected Data Access

One important component of ADO.NET is the ability to provide disconnected data access to an application. To understand why this is important, we need to first describe some application design ...

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