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<pre>Author/s : Adil Rehan, Dushan Bilbija, et al
Publisher : Wrox Publishing Inc.
Category : Other
Review by : Thomas Paul
Rating : 8 horseshoes
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Wrox lists this book as a "Programmer's Reference". In a reference I look for detailed information and code samples demonstrating usage, more extensive than what can be found in the help files or online API. This book succeeds very well as a reference, providing a great deal of information that you will want to have nearby while you are coding. The book starts off with a description of ADO.NET which is the weakest part of the book. This section doesn't quite put all the pieces of ADO.NET together in a meaningful way. The remainder of the book is excellent. Each of the key classes (DataSet, DataReader, DataAdapter, etc.) and their constructors, properties, methods and events are discussed in detail with code samples in both VB.NET and C#. Each key class or concept (data relationships, transactions, XML mapping, etc.) is given a chapter in the book. The explanations are much more useful than what you will find in the online help files. Besides covering SQL and OLE, the book also covers the ODBC classes which are not documented in the help files included with VS.NET. In a reference the index is important and here the index is good although some entries seem to be off a page or two. If you are looking for an in-depth introduction to using ADO.NET you will want to look at other books. If you need a detailed reference book then this should be your first stop.
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