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Managing Your Records: Using Data in Your Program

Most programs use data in one way or another. For example, in an earlier lesson, you entered data in the form of numbers; that data was then used in a calculation with the result returned in a message box.

In very simple programs, data is represented as fields in the program itself. However, for more complex programs, data is stored in a structure separate from the program called a database.

In this set of lessons, you will learn how to create a database and use it to display and update data in your programs.

Storing and Accessing Data

Explains how to use a database to store and access data.

Creating Your First Database

Describes how to create a database by using the Visual Database Tools in Visual Basic.

Getting the Information You Need: Connecting to an Existing Database

Describes how to connect a program to an existing database.

Showing Information to the User: Displaying Data in Your User Interface

Explains how to create a basic user interface for viewing the data in a local database.

Adding or Modifying Your Records: Updating Data

Demonstrates how to create a data-entry form to update data in a local database.

Displaying Related Data

Explains how to add data from one table and data from a related table to a Windows Forms application.

Creating LINQ to SQL Classes: Using the O/R Designer

Demonstrates how to use the O/R Designer to crate LINQ to SQL Classes and then bind the data to controls on a Windows Form.

Using LINQ to Bind Data to Controls

Explains how to write a LINQ query and bind the results of the query to a control on a Windows Form.

Including XML Directly in Your Code: Using XML Literals

Demonstrates how to use XML literals.

Visual Basic Guided Tour

The Visual Basic Guided Tour is a series of sequential lessons that will introduce you to the basics of programming in Visual Basic.

Using LINQ in Visual Basic Express

Provides an overview of Language-Integrated Query (LINQ) and provides links to topics that describe how to use LINQ to query data.

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