You won't get far as a Visual Basic developer unless you know how to write database applications.
That's where this book comes in. It shows you how to use Visual Studio 2008 and ADO.NET 3.5 to develop database applications the way the best professionals do.
That includes the full gamut of skills you need, from using prototyping features that generate ADO.NET code...to writing your own ADO.NET code from scratch so you can closely control how the database processing works...to using .NET 3.5 features like LINQ and the ADO.NET Entity Framework that actually change the way you think about handling data.
What's more, this book takes you from beginner to database professional in a logical progression that makes each step easier to master: In section 1, you'll get a basic introduction to databases, SQL, and ADO.NET. If you already have ADO.NET experience, you can skip ahead.
In section 2, you'll quickly be prototyping database applications using Rapid Application Development (RAD) tools like data sources.
In section 3, you'll learn how to build 3-layer applications the ways the pros do, with presentation, business, and database classes. This is where you'll get into ADO.NET coding to create your own database classes.
Section 4 covers LINQ (Language-Integrated Query), a .NET 3.5 feature that lets you handle all types of data using a query language that's integrated into Visual Basic and that saves you a lot of ADO.NET coding. That means you'll learn how to: Use LINQ to DataSet to query the data in typed or untyped datasets.
Use LINQ to SQL, which allows you to generate an object model from the objects in a SQL Server database that can then be used to access and update the database data...a feature that offers you some of the same benefits as the Entity Framework.
Use LINQ to XML to manipulate XML data much more easily than you can using the Document Object Model.
Use LINQ data source controls with web applications.