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Programming Microsoft® .NET by Jeff Prosise

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Chapter 12. ADO.NET

Behind every great application lies a database manager. At least it seems that way, especially if your gig is writing Web applications that expose content over the Internet. Amazon.com and eBay are little more than front ends to massive databases designed to serve end users like you and me. The older I get and the wiser I become, the more I realize that programming is about managing and manipulating data, and UI code is just the goo that lets it happen.

Like their counterparts in the unmanaged world, managed applications can and often do utilize industrial-strength databases such as Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle 8i. That’s why Microsoft created ADO.NET, an elegant, easy-to-use database API for managed applications. ADO.NET ...

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