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Publisher Comments:

“A highly readable and comprehensive reference to data access capabilities of the .NET Framework. Suitable for the newcomer and ‘guru alike.”

Arpan Desai, program manager, System.Xml, Webdata XML Team, Microsoft Corporation

“This book goes beyond the typical API reference and goes in detail into why you would use each new feature, what scenarios they were designed for, and how things work from end to end. Great way of getting started with data access in .NET 2.0.”

Pablo Castro, program manager, ADO.NET Team, Microsoft Corporation

“An insightful look at the XML features in version 2.0 of the .NET Framework v. 2.0 by one of the minds behind many of the innovations in the System.Xml namespace. Even though I was one of the Program Managers who worked on version 2.0 of System.Xml, Mark Fussells chapters still taught me a few things I didnt know about working with XML in the .NET Framework. Truly an excellent work.”

Dare Obasanjo, program manager, Communication Services Platform, Microsoft Corporation

ADO.NET 2.0 delivers dramatic improvements in relational data access and XML support, as well as outstanding integration with SQL Server 2005. Nows the time to get a running start with ADO.NET and System.Xml v. 2.0The Beta Version, the one book that delivers all the insights, best practices, and sample code youll need.

Two renowned .NET and XML experts, along with a lead program manager at Microsoft, reveal everything thats new in ADO.NET and System.Xmlincluding major changes since 2004s “Technology Preview.” Using realistic code examples, the authors illuminate improvements to data access and management, the DataSet class, security, schema discovery, and much more. Youll discover how SQL Server 2005s in-process CLR hosting will help you build faster, more robust applicationsand how to make the most of advances in XML performance, schema support, usability, querying, and serialization. Topics include

  • Doing more with less code: asynchronous command execution, promotable transactions, batched update, bulk data copy, and other SqlClient class enhancements
  • Leveraging ADO.NET improvements that work with any database platform, including provider factories and the Database Schema Discovery API
  • Using the enhanced features of the DataSet class to increase flexibility, simplify coding, and improve erformance
  • Integrating with SQL Server 2005, via Multiple Active Result Sets, query notifications, and user-defined types
  • Utilizing SQL Server 2005 as an XML database: using, accessing, and updating the XML data type
  • Mastering System.Xml v. 2.0 classes for reading/writing XML, document editing, validation, transformations, security, and more
  • Discovering new techniques for customizing XML serialization and working with XML document stores
  • Maximizing application and service performance with insider tips and tricks from ADO.NETs creators

Already assessing ADO.NET and System.Xml v. 2.0? Piloting them? Building production applications? Wherever you stand, wherever youre headed with these technologies, this book will get you there.

Book News Annotation:

This guide introduces enhancements to ADO.NET, SQL Server 2005, and the XML classes in the upcoming version 2.0 of the .NET framework. The authors discuss asynchronous command execution, provider factories, schema discovery, internal uses for managed code within SQL server, the xml data type, techniques for reading and writing XML code, XML document stores, and XML document transformation with XSLT.
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Written by acknowledged experts, software legends, and bestselling authors, with complete cooperation from Microsoft, this handbook contains the most complete and practical information available anywhere on the next version of ADO.NET.

About the Author

Alex Homer is a computer geek and Web developer with a passion for ASP.NET, who doubles as a consultant, trainer, and speaker. Together with Dave Sussman, he has written many books on Microsoft technologies, including ASP.NET v. 2.0--The Beta Version (Addison-Wesley, 2005). He and Dave are the only two Microsoft "Software Legends" from the UK.

Dave Sussman speaks frequently at Microsoft development conferences and has been writing about ASP since its earliest release. Together with Alex Homer, he has written many books on Microsoft technologies, including ASP.NET v. 2.0--The Beta Version (Addison-Wesley, 2005). He and Alex are the only two Microsoft "Software Legends" from the UK.

Mark Fussell is a lead program manager at Microsoft, working on XML and Web service technologies. He designed the XML APIs in version 1.0 release of System.Xml in the .NET Framework and worked on the design of version 2.0 until the end of 2004. In this role, he helped define the future direction of XML and data access in the .NET Framework and within SQL Server 2005. Mark is now the program manager for the Web Services Enhancements (WSE) product, which enables developers to build advanced, secure, service-oriented applications within Visual Studio, based around the WS-* specifications. Fortunately, this still allows him to work with developers and the XML APIs in .NET, and to remain passionate about current and emerging XML technologies to integrate data across platformsXML came, it saw, it integrated. Mark speaks regularly at conferences and can be contacted via his blog at

Table of Contents

Figures (p. xv)

Tables (p. xxi)

Forewords (p. xxv)

Acknowledgments (p. xxxi)

Chapter 1: New Concepts in Data Access (p. 1)

The Evolution of Data Management in .NET (p. 2)

About the .NET Version 2.0 Beta Release (p. 5)

New Concepts in Version 2.0 (p. 8)

A Summary of New Features in ADO.NET and System.Xml (p. 9)

New Data Source Controls and Data Binding Features in ASP.NET (p. 35)

Summary (p. 38)

Chapter 2: ADO.NET Data Management Enhancements (p. 39)

Expanded and Improved Data Access Features in ADO.NET (p. 40)

Asynchronous Command Execution (p. 45)

ADO.NET Promotable Transactions (p. 67)

ADO.NET Batched Updates (p. 74)

Bulk Data Copying in ADO.NET (p. 81)

Summary (p. 101)

Chapter 3: Provider Factories, Schema Discovery, and Security (p. 103)

Provider Factories (p. 104)

The DbConnectionStringBuilder Class (p. 109)

The Schema Discovery API (p. 111)

Security and Permissions (p. 118)

Retrieving Connection Statistics (p. 119)

ADO.NET 2.0 Performance Counters (p. 120)

Summary (p. 122)

Chapter 4: The DataSet and DataTable Classes (p. 123)

Scenarios for the DataSet and DataTable Classes (p. 124)

DataSet Performance Improvements (p. 130)

New Features of the DataSet (p. 134)

The Stand-Alone DataTable Class (p. 151)

Visual Studio 2005 DataSet Designer (p. 163)

Summary (p. 168)

Chapter 5: ADO.NET and SQL Server 2005 (p. 171)

Multiple Active Results Sets (p. 172)

SQL Server Query Notifications (p. 180)

SQL Server User-Defined Types (p. 195)

Summary (p. 207)

Chapter 6: SQL Server 2005 CLR Hosting (p. 209)

Scenarios for the SQL Server CLR (p. 210)

The In-Process Data Provider in the Beta 2 Release (p. 211)

Examples of the In-Process Data Provider (p. 213)

Using the ADO.NET Classes in the SQL Server CLR (p. 231)

Summary (p. 235)

Chapter 7: XML in SQL Server 2005 (p. 237)

SQL Server as an XML Database (p. 238)

Accessing the xml Data Type from ADO.NET (p. 257)

Using the XML Classes in the SQL Server CLR (p. 276)

Summary (p. 283)

Chapter 8: XML in the .NET Framework (p. 285)

The Growing Importance of XML (p. 286)

Why You Need XML (p. 295)

System.Xml Version 1.x (p. 296)

XML as a Universal Data Access Technology (p. 300)

What’s New in System.Xml Version 2.0? (p. 303)

XML Support in Visual Studio 2005 (p. 306)

A Brief Overview of XQuery (p. 312)

Summary (p. 321)

Chapter 9: Reading and Writing XML (p. 323)

Scenarios for the XmlReader and XmlWriter (p. 324)

The XmlReader Class in Version 2.0 of System.Xml (p. 324)

Using the XmlReaderSettings-Created XmlReader (p. 337)

Reading Typed XML (p. 344)

Methods for Usability and Streaming Content (p. 358)

An Overview of the XmlWriter Class (p. 367)

The XmlWriter Class in Version 2.0 of System.Xml (p. 369)

Combining the XmlReader and XmlWriter Classes (p. 383)

Using the XmlResolver to Access Data Sources (p. 389)

Security and XML (p. 398)

Inferring an XML Schema from an XML Document (p. 404)

Summary (p. 408)

Chapter 10: XML Serialization Enhancements (p. 411)

Pre-generation of Serialization Assemblies (p. 412)

Full Support for IXmlSerializable (p. 415)

Schema Importer Extensions (p. 418)

Summary (p. 421)

Chapter 11: XML Document Stores (p. 423)

Scenarios for Working with XML Stores (p. 424)

Using the XmlDocument Class (p. 426)

Limitations of the XML DOM (p. 428)

Design Guidelines for Exposing XML from Your Classes (p. 430)

The XPathNavigator with the Cursor-Editing Model (p. 431)

Using the XPathNavigator for Editing (p. 436)

Working with Typed XML Using the XPathNavigator (p. 445)

XML Schema Validation and the XmlDocument Class (p. 451)

Data Transfer Methods on the XPathNavigator (p. 461)

XPath 1.0 Querying (p. 463)

Summary (p. 468)

Chapter 12: Transforming XML Documents (p. 471)

Scenarios for XSLT (p. 472)

The XslCompiledTransform Class (p. 473)

Script, Input Parameters, and Extension Objects in XSLT (p. 484)

Security and XSLT (p. 490)

XSLT Performance Comparison (p. 494)

Summary (p. 495)

Index (p. 497)  



Product Details

Homer, Alex
Addison-Wesley Professional
Sussman, Dave
Fussell, Mark
Internet - General
Programming - General
Programming Languages - XML
Networking - General
Internet programming
XML (Document markup language)
Computer Languages-XML
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Microsoft .NET Development Series
Publication Date:
March 2005
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
9.18x6.24x1.33 in. 1.91 lbs.

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