.NET Programmer Thoughts

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Book Review: Pro ADO.NET with VB.NET 1.1

I had a very narrow vision of what ADO.NET was until I read Pro ADO.NET with VB.NET 1.1. ADO.NET is more than just DataSets and DataAdapters. It also involves XML, Data Services and Web Services. This book covers it all and more!

All the basics are covered. Chapters 1 through 5 explain Data Readers, DataSets (Typed and UnTyped) , Data Adapters and Data Schemas. I was impressed with the depth covered on each of these subjects.

What I didn't expect was the XML coverage. Chapter 6 covers everything you need to know about XML and how to use XML with DataSets.

Chapters 7 through 9 explain Constraints, Relations, Views, Transactions, and Mapping.

Data Services and Web Services each had full chapter. This was an unexpected bonus.

Performance and Security is covered by including optimizing, connection pooling message queuing, and basic security concerns. I always wondered what MSMQ was and now I know!

Also covered where InterOp and Migration from ADO.

The last chapter walks you through creating a MSMQ custom data provider. Very cool!

This book will make a fantastic resource book. This is definitely a must have for any level programmer!