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ADO.NET Programming in Visual Basic™ .NET by Bob Howell, Steve Holzner

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Comparison of ADO .NET and ADO 2.x

Since ADO .NET is so different from ADO 2.x (or just ADO), a comparison is a good idea. Those of you who are fluent with ADO will find the transition easier if you have some basis for associating ADO practices with ADO .NET’s. For those of you who have never used ADO, it is still worth the time to see how ADO .NET evolved from ADO and why the changes were made. Here we will look at the differences from a programming point of view. Also, just because ADO .NET is the new kid on the block doesn’t mean that there are not still applications that would be better served by ADO. Each has its strengths and weaknesses.

Two Different Design Goals

ADO and ADO .NET are fundamentally different because the designers had ...

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