Chapter 10. ADO.NET

If you have ever read any programming books related to Microsoft development technologies, then you have already read a chapter just like this one. It seems that every Windows programming book has an obligatory chapter on database interaction. The reason for this widespread coverage comes as no surprise: Microsoft comes out with a new database technology every two years or so.

If you are new to Windows development, then you haven’t yet been briefed on the following sometimes conflicting, sometimes complementary database interaction tools:

  • ODBC—Open DataBase Connectivity
  • ISAM—Indexed Sequential Access Method
  • DAO—Data Access Objects
  • RDO—Remote Data Objects
  • OLE DB—Object Linking and Embedding for Databases
  • ADO—ActiveX Data Objects ...

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