ADO 2.6 Programmer’s Reference

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The ADO 2.6 Programmer's Reference provides a concise and comprehensive guide to the ways in which ADO 2.6 can be used in all kinds of applications. It demonstrates the use of ADO both in Web applications written using ASP, and in compiled applications written using Visual Basic and other languages. It also includes a reference section for fast access to detailed lists of the properties, methods and events available in ADO. Review

Useful for anyone who programs with databases on Windows, the third edition of ADO 2.6 Programmer's Reference is an up-to-the-minute source of information on the latest features that are available in ActiveX Data Objects (ADOs) and related standards from Microsoft. Besides the fact that it's a handy resource that you can use every day, this book is filled with practical tips on how to get the most out of database APIs.

The practical focus is on explaining ADO and related standards. In a chapter-by-chapter tour, the book covers all of the bases with Microsoft Universal Data Access (UDA) strategy. You learn what works best when connecting to recordsets with ADO, and when to take advantage of Internet Explorer-specific APIs like RDS, data shaping, and JRO. Each chapter examines the objects in a particular database standard, and then drills down into the properties, methods, and events that you'll need to program with ADO effectively.

Tips and even warnings about known bugs for particular objects are provided in abundance. The charts listing features that are supported by various OLE DB providers also are useful. You get specific suggestions about which APIs to use, plus some benchmarking of various cursor types and database programming strategies (comparing stored procedures, parameterized queries, and hard-coded SQL within ADO code).

Reference material naturally makes up the heart of this text. With over 250 pages on all of the important ADO standards (including RDS, ADOX, ADOMD, and JRO), all of the properties, methods, events, constants, and even error codes are listed, making this an indispensable book for any VB, VBScript/JavaScript, or C/C++ programmer.

Experienced ADO developers will appreciate the attention to new features, including the latest in support for XML and multidimensional databases. Even if you're entirely new to Microsoft databases, this patient and very thorough tour of ADO can help you get productive with database development quickly on today's Windows. --Richard Dragan

Topics covered:

  • Overview of Microsoft Universal Data Access (UDA)
  • OLE DB and ActiveX Data Objects (ADOs)
  • New ADO 2.6 features and enhancements
  • ADO tutorial
  • Asynchronous database programming with events
  • Connection pooling
  • Using the Connection object (including connection pooling, transactions, and events)
  • The Command object in detail (including Command Streams, parameterized queries, and the Parameters collection)
  • Using the Recordset object (methods, properties, events, and collections)
  • The Record and Stream objects
  • Guide to ADO collections (Errors, Fields, and Properties)
  • Remote Data Services (RDS) APIs and tutorial
  • Accessing database information with ADO extensions for DDL and security (ADOX)
  • ADO Multidimensional (ADOMD)
  • Jet and Replication objects (JRO)
  • Tutorial for RDS data shaping
  • Performance issues with ADO (cursor types compared)
  • Enhancing performance with connection pooling
  • Stored procedures and parameterized queries
  • Comprehensive reference to all of the ADO objects, methods, properties, events, and error codes

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