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Since 1994 when he wrote his first “Hitchhiker’s Guide”, William Vaughn has been providing developers all over the world the intimate details of how SQL Server can be accessed and managed from RAD languages like Visual Basic and Visual Basic .NET. With the 7th Edition, Bill has completely rewritten this encyclopedic work from cover to cover–giving readers his insightful views on how applications should be built to maximize both developer and code performance. Visual Studio and the languages it hosts have never been as sophisticated as they are today–the same can be said for SQL Server. This makes it even more important for developers to understand how to best leverage their features without being held back by their complexity. That’s what this book is all about–making it easier for developers regardless of their know-how.
The 7th edition is unique in that it’s designed to provide not only up-to-date tutorials on the latest development tools provided by Visual Studio and SQL Server, but also a solid platform of architectural advice and rich examples for developers trying to choose between the myriad of platform options. Beginners and experts alike will find comprehensive step-by-step instructions that can make the reader’s introduction to the latest versions of Visual Studio and SQL Server far easier.
Key topic coverage includes:
• Data access architectures and how to choose the best strategy for Windows Forms, ASP.NET, XML Web Services, and SQL Server CLR executables. Where
do these make sense and how much will they cost to build and maintain?
• SQL Server and relational database fundamentals and inner-machinery.
How does SQL Server work and why is it important that developers know?
• Making the development experience more productive through judicious use of the Visual Studio toolset, and how to know when the wizards can help.
• Using the latest ADO.NET data provider efficiently and safely.
• How to protect the security of your database–and your job–by avoiding common mistakes.
• How to build secure, efficient, scalable applications in less time with fewer resources–how to create faster code faster.
• How to leverage the potential of SQL Server CLR executables and knowing
when these features make sense.
• How to work with your DBA to maintain database integrity and security.
• Working with the new Visual Studio report controls to expose your
organization’s data safely and easily with or without leveraging existing
SQL Server Reporting Services technology.
William R. Vaughn is the President of Beta V Corporation and a Microsoft MVP. In 2000 he retired from Microsoft after 14 years to focus on mentoring, speaking, and writing. His specialty is data access application design especially when connecting to SQL Server–over the years he’s written 12 books on the subject. He’s a popular speaker at technical conferences all over the world where his wit and no-holds-barred technical insights win him rave reviews. William is also a member of the prestigious INETA Speaker’s Bureau. His works include articles for SQL Server Magazine and a bi-weekly editorial for Processor Magazine as well as books published by Microsoft Press and Apress.
The book includes a DVD that contains a wealth of examples as well as several sample databases used to illustrate points discussed in the book. Authenticated readers will also have unrestricted access to the book’s supporting web site, www.hitchhikerguides.net, where additional examples, online forums, and other supplementary materials are available.
About the Authors xxv
Chapter 1 Exploring Application Architectures 9
Chapter 2 How Does SQL Server Work? 87
Chapter 3 Relational Databases 101 245
Chapter 4 Getting Started with Visual Studio 273
Chapter 5 Managing Executables with the Server Explorer 349
Chapter 6 Building Data Sources, DataSets, and TableAdapters 391
Chapter 7 Managing Data Tools and Data Binding 461
Chapter 8 Getting Started with ADO.NET 497
Chapter 9 Getting Connected 549
Chapter 10 Managing SqlCommand Objects 627
Chapter 11 Executing SqlCommand Objects 693
Chapter 12 Managing Updates 749
Chapter 13 Managing SQL Server CLR Executables 793
Chapter 14 Creating and Managing Reports 923
Chapter 15 Summary and Wintry: Where We Are Now 1011
Appendix I Installing the Examples and Test Databases 1015
Appendix II Reinstalling the DACW and Other Missing Functionality in Visual Studio 1021
Appendix III Monitoring SQL Server 1025
Appendix IV Creating and Managing Server-Side Cursors 1039