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Introduction to Distributed Applications and Data Integration

Visual Studio .NET 2003

Virtually all distributed applications revolve around reading and updating information in databases. To allow data integration in distributed, scalable applications, Visual Studio .NET provides support for a new generation of data access technology: ADO.NET.

Note   When you deploy an application that includes Visual Studio data-access components, you must make sure that the user installing the application has version 2.7 or later of the Microsoft Data Access Components (MDAC). For more information, see Adding a Launch Condition for Microsoft Data Access Components.

In This Section

Introduction to Data Access with ADO.NET
Provides a high-level overview of the most important concepts of data access in ADO.NET.
Benefits of ADO.NET
Lists the advantages that ADO.NET offers for application development in Visual Studio .NET.
Comparison of ADO.NET and ADO
Describes differences between ADO.NET and ADO.

Related Sections

Design Goals for ADO.NET
Discusses the motivation and design goals behind creating ADO.NET.
ADO.NET Architecture
Provides an overview of the architecture and components of ADO.NET.
ADO.NET Datasets
Lists topics that pertain to datasets, including an overview and instructions on how to create and work with them.
ADO.NET Data Adapters
Lists topics that pertain to data adapters, including an overview and instructions on how to create adapters, work with parameters, and create table mappings.
Walkthrough: Simple Data Access in a Windows Form
Illustrates a basic data-access scenario using a Windows Form that displays data from a SQL Server database.
Walkthrough: Displaying Data in a Windows Form Using a Parameterized Query
Describes how to create a Windows Form with individually bound controls that display different data depending on what the user enters into a text box.
Walkthrough: Creating a Distributed Application
Illustrates how to create a multi-tier application with a Windows Form and Web Forms page as the front end, an XML Web service component, and a database back end.
Walkthrough: Creating a Master-Detail Windows Form
Describes how to create a parent-child relationship in a dataset and display related records in a Windows Form.