Book Review - ADO.NET 3.5 Cookbook
(Originally published: 31 May 2008)
ADO.NET 3.5 Cookbook by Bill Hamilton
This book follows a really nice "Problem-Solution-Reasoning" approach. For this particular topic it works really well. The book covers various tasks you might want to do with the ADO.NET. Each task is given as a problem with a solution and a reasoning. Each recipe, as they are called, is appropriate for those working with ADO.NET.
I have only two complaints about this book. The first complaint is that the name is misleading. It might scare away potential readers because it mentions v3.5. Even if you are not interested in v3.5 this book is still for you. This leads me to the second complaint. The book only discusses a couple of things related to ADO.NET v3.5. The rest of the recipes apply to ADO.NET from v2.0 on. Honestly there was not a lot of changes to ADO.NET in v3.5. The book mentions LINQs and SQL 2008 (neither of which are ADO.NET specific) but otherwise remains in the v2.0 realm. I feel that it missed a potential target audience because of the name.
I recommend this book for anyone using ADO.NET (any version). It will likely have at least one recipe that you will need. It is not really designed to be read from front to back. Instead use it when you run into problems.