Beginning C# 2005 Databases Paperback – Oct 16 2006
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From the Back Cover
Offering readers the solid fundamentals of database concepts and data manipulation with C#, this book explains database management system (DBMS) types and features and covers SQL, ASP.NET applications, web services, and transaction management techniques, including how to deal with concurrency issues.
Serving as an ideal teaching tool on building database applications using C#, the book also looks at both visual techniques and data binding and programmatic data access. Real-world examples, new database techniques, and try-it-out exercises all contribute to helping you put your reading about database applications into practice.
What you will learn from this book
- How to use queries, views, and stored procedures to access and manipulate data from your applications
- How to use custom data access code to implement an n-tier design for your applications
- Ways to work with disconnected data
- How to write functions and stored procedures in C#
- How to use Microsoft® SQL Server 2005 Express and other free Express products, which are all you need for this book
Who this book is for
This book is for beginning C# 2005 developers who already have some experience with C# 2005 developing Windows® and ASP.NET applications.
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
Karli Watson is a freelance writer, developer, and editor and also the technical director of 3form Ltd. (www.3form.net). He started out with the intention of becoming a world-famous nanotechnologist, so perhaps one day you might recognize his name as he receives a Nobel Prize. For now, however, Karli’s main academic interest is the .NET Framework and all the boxes of tricks it contains. Karli is also a snowboarding enthusiast, loves cooking, spends far too much time playing Anarchy Online, and wishes he had a cat. As yet, nobody has seen fit to publish Karli’s first novel, but the rejection letters make an attractive pile. If he ever puts anything up there, you can visit Karli online at www.karliwatson.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
I rank this book as intermediate in nature. As a prerequisite I recommend two other subjects for the beginner. One would be on SQL, and particularly T-SQL, the particular dialect spoken by Microsoft SQL Server. And second a book on programming C# in Visual Studio. This is an integrated development environment that has a lot of features that will be of help in writing C# programs.
While this book does have a section called 'A SQL Primer,' it is just that, a primer. There are a lot of situations where a task can be programmed either in C# or SQL. An example would be to extract some data from the database and depending on its value extract nothing else, or go get some additional data. This will work faster if it is done in SQL rather than C#. The SQL IF statement isn't covered in this book.
The strength of this book is in tying together C# and SQL especially when combined with ASP.NET applications to produce dynamic web pages. At that, it is excellent.
I have to admit that it really helped me alot to get started, here are the points I found useful:
1. You will definitely learn about ADO.NET basics and concepts and differences between adapters, datasets, tables and other classes.
2. The book shows step by step instructions on how to get apply what you are learning
3. The books gives theory, applications and hints so that all your questions are answered in each chapter
4. Comes with a real life scenario database "FolksTale" that you will learn how to program. The tales are nice by the way! :)
To get started you need some knowledge in SQL and basic C#/Windows forms skills.
The downside of this book is that some chapters talk alot about Web applications and how to use them with databases.
Although this can be a plus, but if have no Web programming experience you might feel frustrated and obliged to skip two chapters.
I highly recommend this book!
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