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Preparing Your Application to Receive Data

Visual Studio provides design time tools for creating and editing the typed datasets that store data in your application. Create typed datasets at design time in preparation of filling them with data at runtime. The following topics explain what typed datasets are, and how to create and edit the individual objects that make up typed datasets.

Datasets in Visual Studio Overview

Provides an explanation of what datasets are and the objects they are made of.

Dataset Designer

Provides an explanation of the design-time tools for creating datasets.

How to: Create a Typed Dataset

Explains how to create a typed dataset using design tools in Visual Studio.

How to: Extend the Functionality of a Dataset

Provides the steps for creating a partial class for the dataset where you can add code in addition to the designer-generated code.

How to: Open a Dataset in the Dataset Designer

Explains how to open datasets from Solution Explorer and the Data Sources window.

How to: Edit a Dataset

Explains how to edit the objects in a dataset using the Dataset Designer.

Walkthrough: Creating a Dataset with the Dataset Designer

Provides step-by-step instructions for creating a typed dataset without the help of the Data Source Configuration Wizard.

Designing DataTables

Provides links to topics that explain how to create and edit data tables with design-time tools.

Relationships in Datasets

Provides links to topics that explain how to create and edit data relations with design-time tools.

DataSet

Represents an in-memory cache of data.

DataTable

Represents one table of in-memory data.

DataColumn

Represents the schema of a column in a DataTable.

DataRelation

Represents a parent/child relationship between two DataTable objects.

System.Data

Describes the ADO.NET classes, which expose data-access services to the .NET programmer.

System.Transactions

The System.Transactions namespace contains classes that allow you to write your own transactional application and resource manager.

TableAdapters

Provides links to topics that explain how to create and edit TableAdapters with design-time tools.

Connecting to Data in Visual Studio

Provides links to topics that explain the different ways to connect to data in Visual Studio.

Fetching Data into Your Application

Provides links to topics explaining how to execute queries and stored procedures, and load data into datasets.

Displaying Data on Forms in Windows Applications

Provides links to topics that explain how to display data on Windows Forms through data-bound controls.

Editing Data in Your Application

Provides links to topics that explain working with the data in a dataset.

Validating Data

Provides links to topics explaining where to put code to validate data.

Saving Data

Provides links to topics explaining how to send updated data from an application to the database.

DataSets, DataTables, and DataViews (ADO.NET)

Describes how to create and customize DataSet objects.

DataTables (ADO.NET)

Describes how to create and customize DataTable objects.

ADO.NET

Provides links to topics that explain the data access features in the .NET Framework.

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