The goal of ADO.NET is to provide a bridge between your objects in ASP.NET and your back end database. ADO.NET provides an object-oriented view into the database, encapsulating many of the database properties and relationships within ADO.NET objects. Further, and in many ways most important, the ADO.NET objects encapsulate and hide the details of database access; your objects can interact with ADO.NET objects without knowing or worrying about the details of how the data is moved to and from the database.
The ADO object model is rich, but at its heart
is a fairly straightforward set of classes. The key class is the
DataSet, which is located in the System.Data
The dataset represents a rich subset of the entire database, cached on your machine without a continuous connection to the database. Periodically, you’ll reconnect the dataset to its parent database, and update the database with changes to the dataset that you’ve made, and update the dataset with changes in the database made by other processes.
The dataset captures not just a few rows from a single table, but represents a set of tables with all the metadata necessary to represent the relationships and constraints among the tables recorded in the original database.
The dataset is comprised of DataTable objects as well as DataRelation objects. These are accessed as properties of the DataSet object. The most important methods and properties of the DataSet class are shown in ...