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Hitchhiker's Guide to Visual Studio and SQL Server: Best Practice Architectures and Examples, 7th Edition

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Hitchhiker's Guide to Visual Studio and SQL Server: Best Practice Architectures and Examples, 7th Edition


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  • Copyright 2007
  • Edition: 7th
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  • ISBN-10: 0-321-24362-5
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-321-24362-1

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.





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Table of Contents

Foreword                         xxi

Acknowledgments            xxiii

About the Authors            xxv

Introduction                     1

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

Index                               1051


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