Visual Basic.NET Database Programming walks the readers step-by-step through the topics they need to know to use databases effectively. This book teaches with real-world scenarios how to load, display, manipulate, modify and save data in databases. It shows the reader how to build multi-tier applications that implement enterprise-wide business solutions, build Web Servers, manage large amounts of data, find specific records, sort data, perform complex queries, and use XML--an integral part of data handling in Visual Basic.NET.
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About the Author
Rod Stephens began life as a mathematician but, in the 1980s at MIT, discovered the joys of computer algorithms and has been programming professionally ever since. During his tenure at GTE Laboratories, he used relational databases to build several large award-winning applications that are still in use today. More recently he has worked on projects ranging from tax software for the state of Minnesota to a training system for professional football teams.
Rod has written 12 programming books that have been translated into several languages, and more than 150 magazine articles covering Visual Basic, Visual Basic for Applications, Delphi, and Java. His popular VB Helper Web site (www.vb-helper.com) receives more than a million hits per month. VB Helper includes information on RodÕs books, essays, tutorials, and more than a thousand example programs for Visual Basic programmers.
Table of Contents
Intended Audience. How This Book Is Organized. How To Use This Book. Necessary Equipment. Example Databases. Online Samples, Updates, and Changes.
1. Data Storage Alternatives.
Compiled In Data. Registry. Relational Databases. Specific Relational Database Engines. More Exotic Databases. Summary.
2. Database Design.
Application Design Approaches. Requirements. Entities. Refining the Design. Master-Detail Relationships. Normalization. Keys. Indexes. Constraints. Design Tools. Designing Databases With Microsoft Access. Building a Database with SQL. Summary.
Degrees of Security. Controlling Privileges. Controlling Access with Views. SQL Server Security Procedures. Summary.
4. Off to See the Wizard.
Data Link Properties. The Data Form Wizard. Query Builder. Data Adapter Configuration Wizard. Using The Data Adapter. Summary.
5. The DataSet Family of Objects.
DataSet. DataTable. DataRow. DataColumn. DataRelation. DataView. DataView. DataRowView. Summary.
6. Database Connections.
Data Connection Methods. Program-Generated Data. XML Data. SQL Server. OLE DB. Example Program RunScript. Summary.
7. XML Databases.
What Is XML? Editing XML Files. Schemas. Loading XML Data in Visual Basic. Saving XML Data From Visual Basic. Overwriting Files. Summary.
8. Bound Controls.
Basic Binding. Record Selection with Bound Controls. Selecting a Calculated Field. A TreeView Display. DataViews. Binding Controls with Code. DataGrid. Summary.
9. Data Safety.
EasyDraw. Storing Data. Drawing Existing Objects. Drawing New Objects. DataSafe. Menu Commands. MRU List. Data Validation. Summary.
10. A Single-User Example.
A One-Form Design. A Tabbed Design. Summary.
11. Multi-User Programming.
Program OrderEntryMultiUser. Database Redesign. Reservations. Source Code. Modifications. Summary.
12. Query By Example.
Features. Programming the RecordList Form. RecordList Form Internals. Summary.
13. Discovering Database Structure.
Learning About Servers. Learning About Databases. Learning About Tables. Learning About Relationships. Learning About Fields. Meta-Learning. Program ExploreServer. Program ExploreRelations. Summary.
Appendix A. SQL.
DROP DATABASE. ALTER DATABASE. CREATE TABLE. ALTER TABLE. DROP TABLE. CREATE INDEX. DROP INDEX. CREATE VIEW. DROP VIEW. SELECT. INSERT. UPDATE. DELETE. Aggregate Functions. Joins. Summary.
Appendix B. The Visual Basic .NET Development Environment.
Getting Started. Creating a New Solution. Toolbars. Toolbox Tabs. Properties. Finding Lost Windows. Summary.