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Beginning VB 2008 Databases: From Novice to Professional / Edition 1
     

Beginning VB 2008 Databases: From Novice to Professional / Edition 1

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by Vidya Vrat Agarwal, James Huddleston
 

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ISBN-10: 1590599470

ISBN-13: 9781590599471

Pub. Date: 04/16/2008

Publisher: Apress

Beginning VB 2008 Databases teaches you everything you need to know about relational databases, SQL, and ADO.NET 2.0, giving you a sound start in developing console and Windows database applications. The book also includes chapters on the SQL Server XML data type and the LINQ enhancements to the next version of Visual Basic.

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Overview

Beginning VB 2008 Databases teaches you everything you need to know about relational databases, SQL, and ADO.NET 2.0, giving you a sound start in developing console and Windows database applications. The book also includes chapters on the SQL Server XML data type and the LINQ enhancements to the next version of Visual Basic.

In addition to teaching you database basics like using SQL to communicate with databases, this book provides you with detailed, code-practical techniques to access data in Visual Basic 2008 across a range of coding situations. Code-heavy and full of practical detail, this book has been fully revised and upgraded for .NET 3.5 and offers you the best contemporary practice in this core programming area, so that you’ll find yourself using it in nearly all your .NET projects.

  • Provides step-by-step instructions on how to install and configure necessary tools
  • Presents all essential SQL query and update concepts and syntax, so you don’t need prior familiarity with relational databases or SQL
  • Describes how to use ADO.NET transactions, exceptions, and events
  • Covers ADO.NET features for handling XML, text, and binary data within a Visual Basic 2008 context
  • Explains all concepts through straightforward code examples

What you’ll learn

  • How relational databases work and how to use them
  • How Visual Basic uses ADO.NET to access databases
  • How to write stored procedures in T-SQL and call them from Visual Basic programs
  • How to use XML in database applications
  • How to use LINQ to simplify VB database programming
  • How to install SQL Server 2005 Express and use it to teach yourself databases by doing databases

Who this book is for

Beginning VB 2008 Databases is for every VB programmer. Database programming requires relatively little knowledge of VB but a lot of knowledge about relational database concepts and the database language SQL. This book assumes no prior database experience and teaches you, always through hands-on examples, how to create and use relational databases with SQL and how to access them with VB. Almost every application needs to access a database, and this book teaches all the fundamentals you may ever need to develop professional database applications.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590599471
Publisher:
Apress
Publication date:
04/16/2008
Series:
Beginning Series: From Novice to Professional Series
Edition description:
2008
Pages:
409
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.89(d)

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Beginning VB 2008 Databases: From Novice to Professional 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Perdedor1030 More than 1 year ago
I have been reading computer programming books daily for six months. This book is by far the worst. The first two chapters walk you through obtaining Visual Studio Express and SQL Server Express, and installing the sample databases. The authors have you run all these complicated commands, but never explain them. Also, installing the one sample database just gives an error.

The next two chapters are ridiculously confusing. Chapter 3 rambles on and on about advanced database topics and uses acronyms and words it has not defined. I read an entire T-SQL book before this one (Sams Teach Yourself Microsoft SQL Server T-SQL in 10 Minutes). That book was very well written and comprehensive. Beginning VB 2008 Databases covers complicated T-SQL syntax in the first (real) chapter that did not even appear in the other book. That is quite intimidating!

By Chapter 5, the book becomes easier to read, as if the earlier chapters are in the wrong place (or wrong book), but there are Visual Basic code samples that do not work.

The book uses Visual Basic console (command prompt), and does not get to Windows Forms programming until Chapter 14. Who uses console applications anymore? Perhaps they were trying to make it simple in the beginning. But console applications are boring, and the code did not work which made it difficult to fix (due to my limited knowledge of creating console applications.

I noticed quite a few English mistakes, and many parts are poorly worded and confusing. The one author has a foreign-sounding name, so perhaps English is not his first language.

Overall, I am very disappointed in this book. Luckily, I already have some T-SQL under my belt so I am making my way through it. I find myself reading and re-reading parts of this book trying to make sense of it. I have not found another current book that is dedicated to VB.NET and T-SQL which is why I bought this one.

There is one other review posted about this book, and the reviewer praises it. I have to disagree with him. I am very intelligent, and this book went right over my head. Perhaps someone with more database experience would get more out of it, but the book is called "Beginning" VB 2008 Databases.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In my reading of the book Beginning VB 2008 Databases: From Novice to Professional By Vidya Vrat Agarwal I was pleasantly surprised at the ease of understanding. I also appreciated the Try it Out exercises. Though it may lack some detail, it is a perfect book to get a novice programmer started in the right direction. It touches on the more important topics of database programming with VB and covers the new technologies from the latest release of Visual Studio and the .NET Framework to ADO, LINQ etc. The book also gets one acquainted with SQL, Windows Forms, ASP and Console applications. At around 400 pages it is not a major task to finish the book in a short period of time. I recommend this book as a getting started approach for any one new to development. D.D. Hamilton