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ADO Programming in Visual Basic 6

Title ADO Programming in Visual Basic 6
Author Steven Holzner
Publisher   Prentice Hall

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From the Author:

Visual Basic is crammed with tools for ADO programming, and this book is the guide that makes mastering those tools and every aspect of ADO programming clear and accessible. I've written many Visual Basic bestsellers, but never one that has focussed on ADO programming in such depth. All you'll need for total ADO mastery is here-this book is crammed with examples, ADO reference material, practical overviews, discussions of the best ADO techniques, and in-depth treatments. It lays out in detail the difficult topics other books avoid, and also provides a full reference to ADO. And unlike any other similar book, there's a full, in-depth example for each topic covered. There are literally hundreds of ADO topics here, including full coverage of the ADO object model and the Visual Basic database tools, the Visual Data Manager, data environments, data views, database diagrams, data projects, multi-tiered architectures, transactions, data validation, sorting, filtering, and searching recordsets, creating and using disconnected recordsets, creating data objects, creating data source and consumer ActiveX controls, handling recordsets, connections, and commands asynchronously, batch updating, ADO events, persisting recordsets, using Data Source Objects (DSOs) in Web pages, ADO and Active Server Pages (ASP), Remote Data Service (RDS), data shaping, hierarchical recordsets, and more-far too much to list here. There is an enormous amount of ADO support built into Visual Basic-if you're doing ADO programming in Visual Basic, this is the book to use (and it's the only one you'll need).

Customer Reviews:

Very Good Book, February 24, 2000
Reviewer: A reader from Massachussetts
It's nice to see a book focused on ADO programming. The book is most appropriate for more advanced programmers, though. I am a Sr. Programmer and I keep this book nearby for reference, as it contains excellent examples that give me all sorts of coding ideas. There are 2 topics I wish the author had spent more time on though: 1. the architecture of database connectivity, and 2. more on the use of pure code to connect to a database and manipulate recordsets (i.e. the book covers a lot on bound controls, but not as much time is spent on how to use ADO to build/use unbound controls). All said, it really is a good book. Just make sure you already have a good understanding of VB, and databases in general.

ADO Programming in Visual Basic 6
, February 19, 2000
Reviewer: Fred Axmear from Decorah, Iowa, USA

I'd been trying to learn ADO coming from FoxPro 2.6 (the old days). Nothing I'd read tied the topic together as well as this book did. I'd rate it as somewhere between a reference book and a beginner's learning edition. Some pages are taken up with code examples that can be found on the CD. All in all, however, this is the first book I turn to now when I need an answer regarding ADO

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