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Chapter 1 Introduction. Outstanding Features About This Book A novel writing style is adopted to try to attract students’ or beginning programmers’ interesting in learning and developing practical database program

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Chapter 1 Introduction

  • Outstanding Features About This Book

    • A novel writing style is adopted to try to attract students’ or beginning programmers’ interesting in learning and developing practical database program

    • A real completed sample database CSE_DEPT with three versions (Microsoft Access, SQL Server 2005 and Oracle Database 10g XE) is provided

    • Covered both fundamental and advanced database-programming techniques

    • Three types of popular databases are covered and discussed in detail with practical sample examples: Microsoft Access, SQL Server 2005 and Oracle Database 10g Express Edition (XE)


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  • Various actual data providers are discussed and implemented in the sample projects, such as the SQL Server and Oracle data providers. Instead of using the OleDb to access the SQL Server or Oracle databases, the real SQL Server and Oracle data providers are utilized to connect to the Visual Basic.NET directly to perform data operations.

  • Provides homework and exercises, and these allow users to understand what they learned better by doing something themselves.

    7. Good textbook for college students, good reference book for programmers, software engineers and academic researchers.


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  • Who This Book Is For

    • This book is designed for college students and software programmers who want to develop practical and commercial database programming with Visual Basic.NET and relational databases such as Microsoft Access, SQL Server 2005 and Oracle Database 10g XE.

    • Fundamental knowledge and understanding on Visual Basic.NET and Visual Studio.NET IDE is assumed.


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  • What This Book Covers

  • Chapter 1 provides an introduction and summarization to the whole book

  • Chapter 2 provides a detailed discussion and analysis of the structure and components about relational databases.

  • Chapter 3 provides an introduction to the ADO.NET, which includes the architectures, organizations and components of the ADO.NET.

  • Starting from Chapter 4, the real database programming techniques such as data selection queries with Visual Basic.NET 2005 are provided and discussed.


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  • What This Book Covers

  • Chapter 5 provides detailed discussions and analyses about three popular data insertion methods with three different databases – Microsoft Access, SQL Server 2005 and Oracle.

  • Chapter 6 provides discussions and analyses on three popular data updating and deleting methods with seven real project examples.

  • Chapter 7 provides introductions and discussions about the developments and implementations of ASP.NET Web applications.

  • Chapter 8 provides introductions and discussions about the developments and implementations of ASP.NET Web services.


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  • How to Use This Book

  • Chapters 2 and 3 provide the fundamentals on database structures and components, ADO.NET and components it covered.

  • Starting from chapter 4, which includes chapters 5 and 6, each chapter is divided into two parts: fundamental part –Part I and advanced part – Part II.

  • The data driven applications developed with design tools and wizards provided by Visual Basic.NET, which can be considered as the fundamental part, have less coding-loads and therefore they are more suitable to students or programmers who are new to the database programming with Visual Basic.NET.

  • Part II contains the runtime object method and it covers a lot of coding developments to perform the different data actions against the database, and this method is more flexible and convenient to experienced programmers event a lot of coding jobs is concerned.


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  • How to Use This Book

  • Chapters 7 and 8 give a full discussion and analysis about the developments and implementations of ASP.NET Web applications and Web services.

  • For undergraduate college students or beginning software programmers, it is highly recommended to learn and understand the contents of Chapters 2 and 3, Part I of Chapters 4, 5 and 6 since those are fundamental knowledge and techniques in database programming with Visual Basic.NET 2005. For chapters 7 and 8, it is optional to instructors and it depends on the time and schedule.


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  • How to Use This Book

  • For experienced college students or software programmers who have already some knowledge and techniques in database programming, it is recommended to learn and understand the contents of Part II of Chapters 4 – 6 as well as Chapters 7 and 8 since the run-time data objects method and some sophisticated database programming techniques such as joined-table query, nested stored procedures and Oracle Package are discussed and illustrated with real examples.

  • Also the ASP.NET Web applications and ASP.NET Web services are discussed and analyzed with twenty-four (24) real database program examples for SQL Server 2005 and Oracle Database 10g XE.


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  • How to Use the Source Code and Sample Databases

  • Visual Studio.NET 2005 or higher must be installed in your computer.

  • Three databases’ management systems, Microsoft Access (Microsoft Office), Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Management Studio Express and Oracle Database 10g Express Edition (XE) must be installed in your computer.

  • Three versions of sample database, CSE_DEPT.mdb, CSE_DEPT.mdf and Oracle version of CSE_DEPT, must be installed in your computer in the appropriate folders.

  • To run projects developed in Chapters 7 and 8, in addition to conditions listed above, an Internet Information Services (IIS) such as FrontPage Server Extension 2000 or 2002 must be installed in your computer and it works as a pseudo server for those projects.


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  • How to Use the Source Code and Sample Databases

  • The following appendices are useful when one needs some references and practical knowledge to install database management systems:

    • Appendix A: Provides a completed SQL commands reference.

    • Appendix B: Provides detailed descriptions about download and installation of Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express.

    • Appendix C: Provides detailed descriptions about download and installation of Oracle Database 10g Express Edition (XE).


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- Appendix D: Provides detailed discussions in how to create user database in Oracle Database 10g XE and how to duplicate Oracle 10g user database using Unload and Load methods.

- Appendix E: Provides detailed discussions in how to add and connect Oracle 10g XE database into Visual Basic.NET applications using the VB Design Tools and Wizards.

- Appendix F: Provides detailed discussions in how to use three sample databases: CSE_DEPT.mdb, CSE_DEPT.mdf and Oracle version of CSE_DEPT.


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All of these appendices can be found from the site: www.cambridge.org/9780521712354/appendix.

Three sample databases such as CSE_DEPT.mdb, CSE_DEPT.mdf and Oracle version of CSE_DEPT are located at the site: www.cambridge.org/9780521712354/database.

To use these databases for your applications or sample projects, refer to Appendix F.

All sample projects can be found from the site:

www.cambridge.org/9780521712354/DBProjects.


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About the HW & Tech Support

  • Home works are located at the end of each chapter, starting from Chapter 3 and ending in Chapter 8.

  • Selected home work solutions are located in the Cambridge site at the folder (need a valid log in):

    www.cambridge.org/9780521712354/HomeworkSolution.

  • Send any technical question or problem related to the book and homework to: [email protected]


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