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Understanding .NET, Second Edition by David Chappell

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Chapter 6. Accessing Data: ADO.NET

Working with data—searching, updating, and processing it—is one of the fundamental tasks of software. Today, much of that data is commonly stored in some kind of database management system (DBMS), usually a relational DBMS. Developers need some way for their applications to access this information. In the .NET Framework, this mechanism is provided by ADO.NET.

Like everything else in the .NET Framework class library, ADO.NET is nothing more than a group of types, all of which reside in the System.Data namespace. These types are used by applications that need to work with stored data, and they allow access to that data in various useful ways. The most common need is to work ...

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