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Beginning ASP.NET 4 in C# 2010 by Matthew MacDonald

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Chapter 15. Data Binding

In the previous chapter, you learned how to use ADO.NET to retrieve information from a database, how to store it in the DataSet, and how to apply changes using direct commands. These techniques are flexible and powerful, but they aren't always convenient.

For example, you can use the DataSet or the DataReader to retrieve rows of information, format them individually, and add them to an HTML table on a web page. Conceptually, this isn't too difficult. However, it still requires a lot of repetitive code to move through the data, format columns, and display it in the correct order. Repetitive code may be easy, but it's also error-prone, difficult to enhance, and unpleasant to read. Fortunately, ASP.NET adds a feature that ...

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