A primary function of any database application is connecting to a data source and retrieving the data that it contains. The .NET Framework data providers of ADO.NET serve as a bridge between an application and a data source, allowing you to execute commands as well as to retrieve data by using a DataReader or a DataAdapter. A key function of any database application is the ability to update the data that is stored in the database. In ADO.NET, updating data involves using the DataAdapter and DataSet, and Command objects; and it may also involve using transactions.
Provides an example of mapping the values generated for an identity column in a Microsoft SQL Server table or for an Autonumber field in a Microsoft Access table, to a column of an inserted row in a table. Discusses merging identity values in a DataTable.