Book Review: Murach's ADO.NET 4 Database Programming with VB 2010
Published: 21 Jun 2011
Nowadays, it is difficult to imagine an application without database support. .NET developers should be able to build data-oriented applications. In this review, Anand examines the usefulness of the content included in ADO.NET 4 Database Programming with VB 2010 recently released by Murach. Is it a solid reference guide? Read the review to find it out.
by Anand Narayanaswamy
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ADO.NET 4 is a technology used for the development of database oriented applications using the .NET Framework. Murach Publishing has a separate dedicated book for ADO.NET and has recently released Murach ADO.NET 4 Database Programming with VB 2010 written by Anne Boehm and Ged Med. It contains 23 chapters spread across 5 sections. The style of the book is similar to that of the previous editions with a uniform layout, demo application and code samples.

Inside the Book

Section 1 examines the basics of database programming and also provides a basic introduction to ADO.NET 4. Section 2 examines the working of data sources, datasets, bound controls, parameterized queries including the usage of dataset designer. Section 3 provides the steps required to work with Connections, Commands, Data Readers, Parameters, Stored Procedures, Transactions and Object data sources.

The authors examine the concepts using a sample application with the help of detailed explanations and source code samples. The author provides the complete source code for each module, which I hope will assist advanced developers in learning the internals of ADO.NET.

Section 4 examines the usage of SQL Data Sources, GridView and DetailsView controls including the usage of object data sources.  The final section covers the usage of XML Data, Reporting, LINQ and Entity Framework. The book includes an appendix which examines the usage of the various software and source code files. You can also download a sample chapter from the website of the publisher.

The book will be useful for those developers if they are willing to read lot of content. I don't think a beginner will be comfortable with the style of the book. The book would not be suitable for those who wish to master the concepts quickly. From my point of view, the book would be useful for computer training centers as they can make use of the book to teach a course spanning three months and longer.


I feel that Murach ADO.NET 4 Database Programming with VB 2010 would be useful for intermediate level developers as it examines the entire subject matter with the aid of a real world application. The publisher has also released a C# version of the book and provides learning materials such as PowerPoint Presentations for classroom training.

About the Reviewer

Anand Narayanaswamy (Microsoft MVP and ASPInsider) is the author of Community Server Quickly. He works as a freelance writer based in Trivandrum, India and runs &

About the Book


Murach ADO.NET 4 Database Programming with VB 2010


Anne Boehm and Ged Mead


Murach Publishing

ISBN - 13







US $54.50 (Publisher Price: $38.15)




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