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Database Programming with C# [Paperback]

Carsten Thomsen
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Book Description

April 10 2002 1590590104 978-1590590102 1

Need to master database programming in C#? Then Database Programming with C# is your ultimate resource! You will learn to create database details like tables, constraints, projects, stored procedures, views, triggers, and more. You will build on example code from the books beginning, wrapping up in the final chapter. (The example application is a complete user management system that includes SQL Server, Active Directory, and Message Queuing.)

Example code explains connecting and manipulating data in MySQL 3.23.45 and later, Oracle 8i and later, Microsoft Access 2000 and later, and SQL Server. So if youre connecting to SQL Server 2000, youll find information on the SQLXML 2.0 plug-in for manipulating SQL Server data using XML from managed code or using HTTP. Exchange Server 2000 connection and data manipulation are also covered with original working code.

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"Database programming in Microsoft’s .Net approach is accomplished via ADO.Net. … So in this book we might expect to find a detailed description of ADO.Net with C# examples. The author delivers on the expectation, covering ADO.Net in two of the 11 chapters. … it can be used as a reference text. … absolute beginners will find an abundance of useful information. … most of the content will more than satisfy beginners." (Daniel Moth, The Computer Bulletin, November, 2002)

"Database Programming with C# by Carsten Thomsen, is for people who have already done database programming in Visual Basic or Java and also know the basics of C# programming. … The appendix, showing connectivity to SQL Server 2000 using XML, is particularly useful. The coverage of unusual topics such as message queues and hierarchical databases demonstrates Thomsen’s mastery over .NET, making this book a must read, particularly for database programmers with basic knowledge of C#." (Alokesh Bhattacharyya, Computer Today, July, 2002)

About the Author

Carsten Thomsen is a Microsoft MVP, a recognition he received in August 1999. He lives in his native Denmark and currently holds the MCSE, MCAD, and MCSD certifications.

Carsten has been programming in Visual Basic for almost 12 years, and he specializes in data access, object-oriented analysis and design, and enterprise development.

These days, Carsten is primarily focused on development with Visual Studio .NET, using MSF, UML, Visual Basic .NET, and C#, but he also enjoys working with Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server 2003, Microsoft Content Management Server 2002, and Microsoft BizTalk Server 2004.

Carsten is now working as a .NET consultant mainly in London and Dublin, but he also does the odd .NET training job.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Rock solid June 8 2004
By A Customer
A bit of an "old" book but still rock solid information presented in an easy to read fashion. I did find a few minor inconsistencies but not enough to deviate from the 5 star rating.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Best C# book I've stumbled upon yet March 19 2004
Carsten Thomsen, Database Programming with C# (Apress, 2002)
Now this is a C# book (unlike the last one I reviewed here). Thomsen gets into the nuts and bolts from the get-go and starts the reader developing a real application. He gives us the underlying application logic, explains how it works (and tries to instill good coding practices along the way), all with an eye towards actual development rather than stand-alone sample programs that teach only a very few.
I wish he'd spent more time in the book's final chapter going over some of the code explicitly rather than just referring us to the code in the online zip files, but what's here is pretty fine. *** 
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great job by a talented writer Feb. 22 2004
I'm pretty fanatical over anything relating to database technology as well as .NET. So I'm probably quite biased but I think this book is really great. It's written such that a total beginner could pick it up and get going, but there's a lot of great material intertwined that I think intermediate developers would enjoy it too.
My number one criteria for a book is that it's interesting. I read the whole thing and never got bored even though I was already familiar with much of the material. That's a big plus in my book. The content is good and the examples are practical and well discussed. On the other hand, I think he does a great job of discussing things in proportion to how important they are. Let's face it, twenty examples of using the DataAdapter Configuration wizard is silly and there's a title or two out there that goes down that road. This is what I really enjoyed because he shows you both ways of doing just about everything (using code or doing it with UI tools) and explains the what's and hows.
I've liked every book he's written and this is no exception.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Save your money!! Dec 6 2003
The worst computer book I have ever read...I not going to waste my time (or yours) giving countless examples.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Very poor book Sept. 3 2003
By A Customer
After reading this book I found that ADO.NET didn't add anything new and/or interesting compared to ADO. Everything in this book is bad: The content covered is plainly missing the point of databases in .NET, the samples are pretty bad and way to many pages are used to reprocedure the help file contents. Even the website where we should be able to download the sample code is not working
Luckily for me I borrowed another book that told a different story: Databases in .NET and ADO.NET rocks!!
Don't buy this book!
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1.0 out of 5 stars I don't agree May 8 2003
By A Customer
with most of the reviewers. I end up returning this book and got "Best Practices" book from APress and ADO.NET Core Ref from MS Press. My 2 cents.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly organized May 8 2003
I wanted to give it a 1. It has less database programming and other miscellenous topics are every where.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Databases using C#, great March 18 2003
From the first few pages of the book I got a rather satisfying feeling about the authors writing style; conscise and very informative. After reading the rest of the book I can only say that its a real pleasure to read a book with so much information and yet written in such an easy-to-read manner. I am what you would refer to as a veteran programmer and I am also fairly good with .net programming. However, I am not too good with the concept of disconnected data access, but this book has helped me correct that. Great book.
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