Literally hundreds of techniques, tips, tricks, and libraries are associated with relational databases. Covering relational databases would take an entire a book, and in fact, many books are devoted to that subject. This chapter will cover the basics and give you enough knowledge to read and write to a database.
The focus of this chapter is to demonstrate accessing relational databases with
ADO.NET and the Visual Studio Dataset Designer. Since we'll need a database to work with, you'll also learn how to create a database with Visual C# Express.
A relational database stores data, such as the lottery numbers in Chapter 10's example. Building on that lottery-prediction example, in this chapter, you'll ...