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Books: Use ADO.NET in Your C# Apps

Learn how to turn ADO.NET classes into tools for constructing software using C# in Mahesh Chand's book, A Programmer's Guide to ADO.NET in C#.

The majority of software developed for business relies upon some form of data access. The .NET Framework provides you with a set of data access classes called ADO.NET, and Mahesh Chand shows you how to turn these classes into tools for constructing software using C#.

Chand's book, A Programmer's Guide to ADO.NET in C#, provides you with an end-to-end overview of ADO.NET and gives you details on how you can use it from .NET applications built with C#. The book starts with an overview of C# and ADO.NET and works its way through ADO.NET data providers, various ADO.NET objects such as DataSets and DataViews, and then onto demonstrating how to use ADO.NET to build applications such as Web services. The book also makes stops along the way to discuss XML, relational database concepts, and commonly used SQL statements.

If you're a developer, chances are you'll need to access data—and that means using ADO.NET. This book will give you an excellent understanding, backed by solid examples, of how to use ADO.NET in your solutions without having to learn the hard way. The book's illustrative style and presentation will help speed your learning of ADO.NET. A Programmer's Guide to ADO.NET in C# takes you from ground zero, so I have no problem recommending this book to any developer getting started with .NET. More experienced ADO.NET developers might want to consider a more advanced book.

A Programmer's Guide to ADO.NET in C#
by Mahesh Chand
Apress
ISBN: 1893115399
Price: $44.95
Quick Facts: Provides an overview of C# and details on ADO.NET, as well as information on how to work with XML within your application and data access logic. The book applies to both Windows and Web Form applications.
Pros: Provides a good overview of ADO.NET in C#, and is well suited for the inexperienced .NET developer. The book is rich with examples and illustrations.
Cons: Entry-level material only; might not be suited for those readers looking for enterprise data access patterns. No accompanying CD.

About the Author
Joel Semeniuk is a Microsoft regional director and vice president of software development, heading up all new development projects for ImagiNET Resources Corp., a highly specialized Microsoft Gold Partner in ECommerce and Enterprise Systems based in Canada. Reach him by e-mail at JoelS@ImagiNETs.com.

About the Author

Joel Semeniuk is a founder of Imaginet Resources Corp., a Canada-based Microsoft Gold Partner. Currently, Joel is also serving as an Executive VP of Agile Project Management Tools at Telerik. He is also a Microsoft Regional Director and MVP Microsoft ALM, with a degree in Computer Science. With more than 18 years of experience, Joel specializes in helping organizations around the world realize their potential through maturing their software development and information technology practices. Joel is passionate about Application Lifecycle Management tooling, techniques and mindsets, and regularly speaks at conferences around the world on a wide range of ALM topics.

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