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Beginning ASP.NET Databases Using VB.NET [Paperback]

John Kauffman , Fabio Claudio Ferracchiati , Brian Matsik , Eric N. Mintz , Jan D. Narkiewicz , Kent Tegels , Donald Xie , John West , Jesudas Chinnathampi , James Greenwood
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June 15 2002 Programmer to Programmer
What is this book about?

For a web site to offer its users an experience that improves on that of newspapers or textbooks, it needs a way to change the information it contains dynamically - and that means it needs access to a data source. Through the combination of ASP.NET and ADO.NET, Microsoft provides everything necessary to access, read from, and write to a database, and then allow web users to view and manipulate that data from a web browser. In this book, we'll show you how it's done.

What does this book cover?

Packed with clear explanations and hands-on examples, Beginning ASP.NET Databases contains everything you'll need on your journey to becoming a confident, successful programmer of data-driven web sites. In particular, we'll look at:

  • Connecting to common data sources, including SQL Server and MS Access
  • Reading data with data reader and dataset objects
  • Creating and deleting records, and editing data
  • Displaying data with ASP.NET's web server controls
  • Writing and using stored procedures from VB.NET code
  • Placing your data access code in reusable class libraries

The book closes with a real-world case study that consolidates the tutorials throughout the book into a practical result.

Who is this book for?

To use this book, you need a computer running either Windows 2000 or Windows XP Professional Edition. The examples it contains will not run on Windows XP Home Edition.

This book is for people who have some experience of programming ASP.NET with Visual Basic .NET, are familiar with the operation of the .NET Framework, and want to learn how to use ASP.NET to make data-centric web applications. No prior knowledge of database programming is necessary.


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This book is for people who have some experience of programming ASP.NET with Visual Basic .NET, are familiar with the operation of the .NET Framework, and want to learn how to use ASP.NET to make data-centric web applications. No prior knowledge of database programming is necessary. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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What you need to know

This book is for people who:

  • Have some experience of programming ASP.NET with Visual Basic® .NET
  • Are familiar with the operation of the .NET Framework
  • Want to learn how to use ASP.NET to make data-centric web applications

What you will learn from this book

For a web site to offer its users an experience that improves on that of newspapers or textbooks, it needs a way to change the information it contains dynamically – and that means it needs access to a data source. Through the combination of ASP.NET and ADO.NET, Microsoft provides everything you need to access, read from, and write to a database so that your web users can view and manipulate that data from a web browser. In this book, we’ll show you how it’s done.

Packed with clear explanations and hands-on examples, Beginning ASP.NET Databases Using VB.NET contains everything you’ll need on your journey to becoming a confident, successful programmer of data-driven web sites. In particular, we’ll look at:

  • Connecting to common data sources, including SQL Server® and MS Access
  • Reading data with data reader and dataset objects
  • Creating and deleting records, and editing data
  • Displaying data with ASP.NET’s web server controls
  • Writing and using stored procedures from VB.NET code
  • Placing your data access code in reusable class libraries

The book closes with a real-world case study that consolidates the tutorials throughout the book into a practical result.

"This book is based on my experience teaching hundreds of developers over the last 12 years. In it, you’ll find everything you need to begin using databases from your ASP.NET applications."
—John Kauffman


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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Nov. 25 2003
Format:Paperback
The book is superb. It is filled with WORKING examples. I am currently on page 121 and every example so far has worked flawlessly. The book has one "voice", even though it is written by several authors.
The examples are standalone. Within the first several pages I was up and running with a straightforward, well-explained aspx file. I had absolutely no problems connecting to any of the databases. The book starts out with a couple primer chapters and then the connection object, and shows you how to connect to an Access database, and Excel spreadsheet, a SQL Server (MSDE) database and an XML file. From then on it primarily works with MSDE and the Northwind database.
There are NO surprises here. Every example has obviously been combed through and there is a welcome amount of reinforcement.
Just to reiterate, the examples are standalone. The is one of the absolute best aspects of a beginner's book.
I cannot tell you how wonderful it is to be able to try out some code and on the first try get it to work. I would estimate that 75% of all computer books screw up that concept.
I've been scouring bookstores for months looking for a good beginner's ASP.Net book, and have bought a couple of stinkers. Luckily, I happened to browse the bookstore and found this, scanned some of the very-well-written first couple of chapters actually thought there must have been some "catch" because it was so well written. So I decided to buy it and try it out, kind of planning to return it to the bookstore because of my past bad experience with asp.net books.
The book quality is excellent. It is a smallish tech book (459 pages) and the paper is very light and easy to flip.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Full of tips and best-practice methodologies Oct. 4 2002
Format:Paperback
Accessing databases and datastores via the internet is becoming commonplace today. This book gives developers the fundamentals of what databases are, how to connect to them with ADO.NET, how to access/manipulate the database information and, especially, how to present it in meaningful ways using ASP.NET controls and VB.NET. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking to grow beyond static-content web pages and begin development of data-driven web applications.
Written by a team of 10 professionals with different areas of expertise, this book provides a solid foundation for creating web applications that rely on creating, modifying, and displaying information accessed from an SQL database, although the source can be any data repository that has an OLEDB or ODBC driver written for it. Filled with many rich examples, both in the text and in the hands-on exercises, the authors go beyond the "this is the code you need to insert" paradigm and explain what each section of code is doing, reinforcing lessons learned from earlier examples as necessary. The exercises can either be typed in or run from source downloaded from the WROX Press website, both are error-free. The book is full of tips and best-practice methodologies, with an entire chapter devoted to performance considerations. The exercises were tested on students in a school lab and common mistakes are presented in a section of each chapter. WROX Press also has multiple levels of support available to those who need it. The book finally culminates in a "real world" online-auction application that covers all the bases and gives comprehensive substance to the theory and examples previously presented. ---Reveiwed by William S.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Best for beginners Oct. 4 2002
Format:Paperback
This book is good for people who have minimal experience with VB.NET and ASP.NET. It's very easy to read and understand and find what you need. With little background of VB.NET and ASP.NET, you will be able to write your first database driven web applications. This book is good as a starting point on the subject matter. The book goes through the items in short simple to understand paragraphs.
For experienced developers, you may want to skip the first two chapters. Chapter 2 gives an overview of realational database, how to use the database to retrieve and store the data. Chapter 3 covers methods for connecting to several different data source such as SQL Server, Excel, and XML. Chapter 4 and Chapter 5 have lots of examples in reading and displaying the data using Data Reader and Data Set objects. All the examples in the book use Data Grid control for displaying the data. Later in the book, it discusses ways of using the data grid control for creating,inserting, editing, and deleting records. I tried several of the examples in the book and they worked fine. That is one thing I have come to like about the WROX press books is their examples are very understandable and easy to learn from.
Also, the experienced developer who is interested in learning the subject matter may find many other sections in the book boring because they will go through material they already know. It would be very nice to see a book such as this that can cover the subject for people who are already experienced as developers.
This book is well written and has the information that a junior programmer can use on his/her first programming language and the VB.NET/ASP.NET fundamentals for the experienced programmer to get a first look. ---Reviewed by Michael S.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Frustrating Experience
I've been reading some of the other reviews on this page, and I can't believe they are reading the same book. Read more
Published on June 16 2004 by Kenneth J. Powers
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to follow
I have enough programming books that if weighed would weigh as much as a car.
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Published on June 14 2004 by David A. Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Beginers... Good reference
This was my first book on .NET and I think it was a great tool to help me learn the basics of database programming. Read more
Published on May 13 2004 by J. Suarez
2.0 out of 5 stars Mostly ADO.NET, very little ASP.NET
I was very disappointed with this book. Yes, it's useful for understanding the new ADO.NET objects, but then keeps it's focus on RDBMS design instead of relating how to usefully... Read more
Published on March 19 2004 by Random Blackburn
5.0 out of 5 stars Good reference book for ASP.Net beginner
This is a great book which covers most of technique to write an ASP.Net web application using VB.Net for database access. All the examples are quite easy to follow and understand. Read more
Published on May 31 2003 by Kam Ng
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginning!
I found this book very useful just like any other Wrox book. It has everything one needs to start learning .Net database applications. Read more
Published on Feb. 2 2003 by Amitabh Chaturvedi
3.0 out of 5 stars Direct, no-nonsense approach
What I liked most of this book is the plain, simple and direct approach to the different database access methods using ASP.NET with VB.NET. Read more
Published on Sept. 26 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to a powerful topic
Many of us trying to get our hands around the new .net platform are hoping to use it for data work. Usually this is a part of an ASP. Read more
Published on Sept. 15 2002 by J. J. Kwashnak
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
I'm a project manager who has run a few ASP projects but have not used .net technology. This was a good way to learn some of the new ASP features. Well written.
Published on Sept. 8 2002 by SuperVestor
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and professional beginners book
It is not until you read a book that is dedicated to using databases in ASP.NET that you realize just how much there is to learn. Read more
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