Just Published: Murach's ADO.NET 3.5, LINQ, and the Entity Framework with C# 2008
Mike Murach & Associates has just published a new, C# edition of its popular ADO.NET book, Murach's ADO.NET 3.5, LINQ, and the Entity Framework with C# 2008. The book covers best practices that today's C# developer needs to know to create database applications.
The book covers four main application development areas: rapid application development (RAD) and prototyping, production applications, incorporating LINQ into Windows and web applications, and database programming with the Entity Framework.
In the area of RAD and prototyping, the book shows how to use ADO.NET tools, such as data sources and the DataGridView control, that enable developers to create working database applications in a minimum of time, with a minimum of coding.
Relevant to production-application development, the book shows how to go beyond the RAD tools, by using heavy-duty ADO.NET coding and object data sources to build three-layer production applications that consist of presentation, business, and database classes.
The book has a six-chapter section that's a short course in LINQ, the .NET 3.5 feature that provides a consistent way to query different types of data. This section covers LINQ to Objects, LINQ to DataSet, LINQ to SQL, LINQ data source controls for web applications, and LINQ to XML.
This book also helps get developers started using the Entity Framework, another .NET 3.5 feature that provides a flexible model for mapping business objects in an application to database objects as well as generating much of the code for such database programming. A four-chapter section shows how to create an Entity Data Model and work with it using LINQ to Entities, Entity SQL, and Entity data source controls for web applications.
The book uses Murach's standard format to present the content in two-page spreads, pairing a page of explanation with an illustrative page of syntax, screen shots, coding examples, and bulleted guidelines. Murach's ADO.NET 3.5, LINQ, and the Entity Framework with C# 2008 is available directly from the publisher at http://www.murach.com and from all major retail outlets.