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Thearon Willis

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Nov. 21 2005 Programmer to Programmer
As one of the most popular programming languages in the world, Visual Basic continues to expand on the functionality and flexibility of its framework. This book explains how to use Visual Basic 2005 to write efficient database applications that can be used throughout an enterprise.

With this teaching tool, you'll learn how to use queries, views, and stored procedures to efficiently access and manipulate data from your applications. You'll get a firm grasp on using ADO.NET as well as OleDb, SQL, and Oracle to access specific databases. Plus, hands-on examples and try-it-out exercises help you put your reading into practice so that with each chapter, you'll gradually build the pieces of a single application.

What you will learn from this book

  • How ADO.NET continues to evolve as a building block for accessing and manipulating data in relational databases
  • Ways to encrypt and decrypt data, hash passwords, and further secure access to your data
  • Techniques for accessing your Web Service from both Windows(r) and Web applications
  • Best practices for using business logic and data access components to produce report data or update data in your back-end databases

Who this book is for

This book is for developers who want to learn to write database applications and back-end databases, such as Microsoft(r) Access, Microsoft(r) SQL Server, and Oracle(r). Some experience with Visual Basic 2005 is helpful but not required.

Wrox Beginning guides are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think, providing a structured, tutorial format that will guide you through all the techniques involved.


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As one of the most popular programming languages in the world, Visual Basic continues to expand on the functionality and flexibility of its framework. This book explains how to use Visual Basic 2005 to write efficient database applications that can be used throughout an enterprise.

With this teaching tool, you'll learn how to use queries, views, and stored procedures to efficiently access and manipulate data from your applications. You'll get a firm grasp on using ADO.NET as well as OleDb, SQL, and Oracle to access specific databases. Plus, hands-on examples and try-it-out exercises help you put your reading into practice so that with each chapter, you'll gradually build the pieces of a single application.

What you will learn from this book

  • How ADO.NET continues to evolve as a building block for accessing and manipulating data in relational databases
  • Ways to encrypt and decrypt data, hash passwords, and further secure access to your data
  • Techniques for accessing your Web Service from both Windows® and Web applications
  • Best practices for using business logic and data access components to produce report data or update data in your back-end databases

Who this book is for

This book is for developers who want to learn to write database applications and back-end databases, such as Microsoft® Access, Microsoft® SQL Server, and Oracle®. Some experience with Visual Basic 2005 is helpful but not required.

Wrox Beginning guides are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think, providing a structured, tutorial format that will guide you through all the techniques involved.

About the Author

Thearon Willis is a senior consultant with over 20 years of programming experience. He started writing applications using the Basic language in 1980 and later moved on to Visual Basic and finally to Visual Basic.Net. He began working with databases in 1987 and has been hooked on writing database applications ever since. He has experience with SQL Server, Oracle, and DB2 but works with SQL Server on a daily basis. Thearon has programmed in several other languages, some of which include C++, Assembler, Pascal, and COBOL. However, he enjoys Visual Basic.Net the best as it provides the features needed to quickly build Windows and Web applications as well as components and Web Services. He currently develops intranet applications, Web Services, and server-side and client-side utilities using Visual Basic.Net. Most of these applications and utilities are database-driven and make use of XML and XSL.

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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Connecting Between Your Program and the Database Dec 10 2005
By John Matlock - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Most manuals on Visual Basic (VB) contain at least a little bit of information about how to connect to a database to store and find the data you need. In the Wrox 'Professional VB 2005,' for instance, there's one chapter of about 40 pages on using ADO.NET to connect from your program to a database. Perhaps that's enough for some people, but I needed more information as the applications I was working on grew more complex.

This book has almost 800 pages on basically just using databases from VB. It gives in depth instruction on using Microsoft Access, Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle databases from VB. In most of the applications it uses Access as the standard database and then describes how to change the programming to fit the other databases.

The SQL statements used in the book are quite simple. The concern of this book is getting the SQL statement back and forth from your program to the database to manipulate the data. Unless he added another several hundred pages Mr. Willis couldn't get into all that SQL can do.

Your next manual needs to be a SQL manual, and one specifically for your particular database as they aren't the same. SQL is a full scale programming language of its own that is run in the database itself. You'll write better code if you can take advantage of everything the database itself can do.
15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Beginner yes, complete no Feb. 2 2006
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
While this book will teach you how to get data into you application it will not teach you what to to with it once you get it there. The "tracker" application that is written as you progress through the book doesn't really seem to be much like what you would want to do in the real world. For example in my application I would like to find a record in a dataset. Not covered. How about moving within the dataset. No. There is a mention of the Binding navigator but even that is not used in the program. Its a nice looking program it just has no use in the real world and most of the programming example is used setting up the user interface and not doing real database work. If you are looking for a way to set up a database that allows quick user entry, edit, add, delete, navigation and find you'll be very disappointed in this book. Of course thats what you want, what else is there to do with a database program? Buy the way the advanced database title from Wrox is no better at the above items.
13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a "Beginning" Type of Book Jan. 2 2006
By Steve - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I bought this book to check out some of the new features of VB 2005 & SQL Server 2005. I had already had some knowledge of SQL & VB, so when I encountered the first bad reference on page 22 I already knew how to fix it.

By page 66 I was tired of fixing numerous errors and bad code samples.

I truly believe that a book advertised as a BEGINNING issue should be just that. This is not for a beginner, it would discourage someone starting out very quickly. I would suggest look elsewhere on starting out with VB & SQL 2005.

I suggest to the Author & Editors, that they should take the time to see if the books info really works in real life, in stead of rushing it to market.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A very frustrating book. April 11 2008
By M. Paulsen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Having just read "Beginning Visual Basic 2005" from the same publisher and author (which I feel was a decent book to get started using VB), I moved onto this title and was very disappointed with it. The book forces you to begin your database programming using MS ACCESS, which I had no interest in doing. So, just skip those chapters right? Wrong. It really does force you down this path due to later projects in the book relying on you completing the earlier chapters. I even tried cheating by just downloading the code from the Access chapters so I could just jump into the SQL server sections. While this allowed me to continue, the book continues to make references to things I should have learned in the first 4 chapters. While, I understand the reasoning for trying to cover many different Database platforms, having Access, SQL Server, and Oracle all in the same book just leads to confusion and frustration. The "Do this for SQL server, Or do this for Oracle" examples were just a pain.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great way to learn VB databases Feb. 26 2007
By Douglas Thomas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book starts you out using MS Access and takes you into n-tier stuff and SQL Server. It written in a straight forward manner, and the author stops along the way to fully explain what it going on behind the scenes. There are many "try it out" sections and you build the time tracker application that in all it's parts shows you what you need to know to expand from there and become a much better VB database programmer.

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