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One of the most popular programming languages today, Visual Basic®.NET is designed to be the easiest and most productive tool for creating .NET applications. This book will show you how to harness the power of VB.NET in order to write your own practical database programs that can be used throughout the enterprise.

With the help of examples and instructions, you'll discover how to dramatically improve the performance and scalability of your existing databases. You'll also learn how to efficiently access and manipulate data from their applications. And you'll find out how to utilize queries, views, store procedures, and much more.

What you will learn from this book

  • To work effectively with DataSets, DataTables, DataColumns, and DataViews
  • Successful ways to use the VS.NET Data Wizards with Access, SQL Server, and Oracle
  • How to use ADO.Net to access and manipulate data in relational databases
  • Ways to build business logic and data access components
  • How to effectively write database applications using SQL Server and Oracle
  • Techniques for creating and consuming Web Services from Windows and Web applications
  • How to select and update data, use joins, validate input, and much more

Who this book is for

This book is for developers who want to bring their current databases and applications up to speed with the newest .NET framework. Some experience developing Windows and ASP.Net applications with Visual Basic.Net is helpful, but not essential.

About the Author

Thearon Willis, (Benson, NC) currently works as a senior consultant and develops intranet applications using ASP.NET, DHTML, XML, JavaScript, VBScript, VB COM components, and SQL Server. Over the years, Thearon has worked on a variety of systems from mainframe to client-server development.

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Exceptional Book July 10 2005
By Randy Given - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is exceptional. I have been programming for quite a while, so some of these are old hat, but the presentation is well thought out, easy to follow, quick to learn. Just an exceptional book for this topic.

Not only do you get to use ADO.NET on Access, but SQL Server and/or Oracle, as well as ASP.NET and Web Services. All without breaking into a sweat.

I had a question about one thing and I posted on the Wrox forum for the book. The author himself responded very quickly and we got it straightened out (it was on my end, not the book). I printed out the errata, but there are few errors in the book. Just an all around excellent book.

p.s., oh, yeah, I bought two copies -- one for work and one for home.
Excellent reference with great working examples April 22 2015
By Ghost Gunk - Published on Amazon.com
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This is probably the best book I have looked at on this subject, the examples are well thought out and as you progress through the book you can continue to build an ongoing project that teaches you many of the concepts that are discussed.
The book is getting a little dated now and to work though it using more recent versions of VB.NET you will need to have at least a passing knowledge of VB.NET since some of the objects the author used in the examples no longer exist - hey Wrox, an updated version would be useful given the proliferation of web databases now!
The author builds on each topic as he goes, you don't get drowned in one subject to never see it again in the book. He introduces each topic and then continually reintroduces it to you later in the book as it becomes important again for an example you're doing. Some of the explanations later in the book get a little drawn out - but hey no one is chaining you to the chair making you read it, the detail is there if you want it, or skip ahead if you're comfortable.
Remember the title of the book is *Beginning* VB.NET Databases.
This book was a big enabler for me and I enjoyed it very much, there are some minor errors in the code examples - not all of which are documented on the Wrox errata page for it (and the downloads for the book don't seem to work anymore), the joy of growing old...
All up this is a really good book that has only minor niggles, but insofar as imparting enough information to the reader to get them started competently along the road to building front end applications around database back ends, it succeeds. I do recommend it but be patient, you won't sit down and extract all it has to offer in an afternoon.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Run Away!!! Aug. 28 2007
By charles - Published on Amazon.com
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If you want info now, don't buy this book. To get anything useful you have to read the whole the whole thing and do all the exercises. I prefer books that have many good clear examples that you can work through and learn from. I don't have time to use this type of book.
3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Very Good but .. June 1 2005
By S. Turki - Published on Amazon.com
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Very good book for beginners but the drawback of this book can be summarized in 2 points:

1) ASP.NET 2.0 beta release had been announced and it fly with coding to the next level where you can get rid of 70% your code lines (according to Microsoft !, and this includes database classes and objects which changed dramatically in ASP.NET 2.0 . So, why to learn an old version ;).

2) I rated this book "4" stars, because some of the examples in this book are very long where you get bored before you see your result.


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