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Visual Basic® 2012 Unleashed, Second Edition by Alessandro Del Sole

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Chapter 21. Introducing ADO.NET and DataSets

Working with data is one of the primary tasks that an application must accomplish. Over the years, the .NET Framework has evolved, offering various kinds of data access platforms, but at a higher level the way you work with data is based only on two ways: connected or disconnected modes. For the disconnected mode, DataSets still play an important role today because many developers build or maintain applications based on DataSets—you are one of them! But times change and technology advances. New data platforms, such as the ADO.NET Entity Framework and LINQ to SQL, have been introduced to the .NET world, and the classic ...

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