Murach's ADO.NET 3.5, LINQ,
and the Entity Framework with VB 2008
by Anne Boehm
20 chapters, 708 pages, 308 illustrations
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You won't get far as a Visual Basic developer unless
you know how to write database applications.
That's where this book comes in. It shows you how to
use Visual Studio 2008 and ADO.NET 3.5 to develop database
applications the way the best professionals do.
That includes the full gamut of skills you need, from
using prototyping features that generate ADO.NET code...to
writing your own ADO.NET code from scratch so you can
closely control how the database processing works...to
using .NET 3.5 features like LINQ and the ADO.NET Entity
Framework that actually change the way you think about
What's more, this book takes you from beginner to database
professional in a logical progression that makes each
step easier to master:
- In section 1, you'll get a basic introduction to
databases, SQL, and ADO.NET. If you already have ADO.NET
experience, you can skip ahead.
- In section 2, you'll quickly be prototyping database
applications using Rapid Application Development (RAD)
tools like data sources.
- In section 3, you'll learn how to build 3-layer
applications the ways the pros do, with presentation,
business, and database classes. This is where you'll
get into ADO.NET coding to create your own database
- Section 4 covers LINQ (Language-Integrated Query),
a .NET 3.5 feature that lets you handle all types
of data using a query language that's integrated into
Visual Basic and that saves you a lot of ADO.NET coding.
That means you'll learn how to:
- Use LINQ to DataSet to query the
data in typed or untyped datasets.
- Use LINQ to SQL, which allows you
to generate an object model from the objects in
a SQL Server database that can then be used to
access and update the database data...a feature
that offers you some of the same benefits as the
- Use LINQ to XML to manipulate XML
data much more easily than you can using the Document
- Use LINQ data source controls with
- In section 5, you'll learn to work with the ADO.NET
Entity Framework...another way to let .NET generate
the code you need and do more of the work for you.
Using this feature, you create an Entity Data Model
that defines a conceptual model for the business objects
used by an application, a storage model for the objects
in a database, and mappings that relate the two. Then:
- You can use LINQ or a special form
of SQL to retrieve data into the business objects.
- You can work with the business objects
and save changes to the database using generated
- You can use Entity data source controls
with web applications.
The table of contents gives you
a complete rundown on what each chapter does. As you
can see there, by the time you finish this book, you'll
have gained the ADO.NET skills that make you a top developer.
Try it and see for yourself!
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