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Creating Data Adapters 

Data adapters define the means by which you can get information from one or more tables in the data source into a dataset and back again. For an overview, see Introduction to Data Adapters.


In the previous version of Visual Studio, data adapters were used for communicating between an application and a database. While data adapters are still a main component of .NET Framework Data Providers, TableAdapters are designer-generated components that simplify the process of moving data between your application and a database. For more information on working with TableAdapters, see TableAdapter Overview.

In This Section

How to: Create Data Adapters Using a Wizard

Explains how the Data Adapter Configuration Wizard prompts you for all the information required to configure the data adapter (including parameters) and, if necessary, create a connection.

How to: Create and Configure Data Adapters Manually

Explains how to drag a data adapter from the Toolbox, and then configure it yourself using the Properties window.

Related Sections

Introduction to Data Adapters

Provides an overview of what data adapters are, what they are used for, how they are structured.

Populating a DataSet from a DataAdapter

Explains how to create an instance of an adapter in code and use it to fill a dataset.

Creating Data Applications with Visual Studio

Provides a general introduction to the concepts of data access in Visual Studio.

Datasets in Visual Studio Overview

Provides background information on the structure and use of datasets.

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