ADO.NET book recommendations?
Anybody have a favorite (preferably sub-300 pages) book on ADO.NET? I know O'Reilly is coming out with a "Nutshell" book on the topic next month, but I need to get started Real Soon Now.
Not a sub-300 page book, but the first chapter tells you what you need to know to get started with C# or VB.NET.
Really? I picked up Professional XML from Wrox and found the multi-author format incredibly annoying -- each author had a different style, some had spent more time on their work than others. IIRC, code samples were in the individual author's language of choice... in short, it was kind of a mess. I'll check it out on the shelf, though.
This one, by Mike Gunderloy, is pretty good. I think the author visits this forum as well:
Although the book has multiple authors, they stick with the C# language throughout the book. At the time I bought it, it was the only one on the shelf at the B&N in my area. Personnally, I've used it, the .NET help files, the Internet and various magazine articles to learn ADO.NET. Having a background in ADO is recommended.
I should say they stick with C# after chapter 1 or 2 because the first chapter or two gives examples of connecting to a database, creating a dataset, datareader etc. They show these in VB.NET C# J# and Managed C++ I believe.
It is kind of surprising WROX is so successful with books having such problems with flows. Usually with other publishers I have little trouble moving on to the next chapter, but with WROX books it just seems more daunting. O'Reilly & Associates' works flow pretty well as does Addison Wesley and Prentice Hall. A lot of companies are learning from their mistakes too. I think computer books now days are much easier to read than even a few years ago.
For a good "How the heck do I use this thing" discussion, I like Shawn Wildermuth's Pragmatic ADO.NET
| IIRC, code samples were in the
René: Not so much, no, although I still have issues looking at VB.NET code when I'm more familiar with C#. That was more of an issue with the XML book.
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