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This course will teach developers to build data-centric applications and Web services with Microsoft ADO.NET, Microsoft SQL Server 2000, and the Microsoft .NET Framework.

Course Outline

This course will teach developers to build data-centric applications and Web services with Microsoft ADO.NET, Microsoft SQL Server 2000, and the Microsoft .NET Framework.

Audience Profile
This course is designed for the professional platform developer who is responsible for designing and building data-centric, distributed applications for his or her organization. It is designed for developers who have component and Web application development skills, and who have previously built solutions by using Microsoft Visual Studio.

Typically, these individuals will have the following skills: Experience with a .NET language such as Microsoft Visual Basic .NET, Microsoft Visual C#, or Microsoft Visual C++; an understanding of object-oriented concepts and terminology; experience developing distributed applications; and experience developing Web-based applications hosted on Internet Information Server.

At Course Completion
After completing the course, students will be able to:
  • Describe data-centric applications, ADO.NET architecture, and ADO.NET and XML.
  • Connect to SQL Server and other data sources.
  • Perform connected database operations including executing SELECT commands, database definition commands, dynamic SQL commands, and commands that return data from a SQL Server database in XML.
  • Build a DataSet schema, populate it with data, and modify the data programmatically.
  • Build a DataSet from an existing data source.
  • Use XML techniques while working with DataSets, including mapping tables and columns, creating XSD schemas, building strongly typed DataSets, and interacting with XMLDataDocuments.
  • Build a Web service that uses ADO.NET to query and update a data source.
  • Troubleshoot errors within an ADO.NET application.
Course Outline Module 1: Data-Centric Applications and ADO.NET
Take a closer look: Download Sample Module 1 (Portable Document Format, 1.12 MB).

The following topics are covered in this module:
  • Design of Data-Centric Applications
  • ADO.NET Architecture
  • ADO.NET and XML
Lab : Lab 1.1: Data-Centric Applications and ADO.NET

After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Give examples of storage options.
  • Diagram the architecture of data-centric applications.
  • Choose a connected, disconnected, or mixed environment based on application requirements.
  • Use the System.Data namespaces in applications.
  • Diagram the ADO.NET object model.
  • Analyze typical business scenarios.
  • Explain how to use ADO.NET with XML.
Module 2: Connecting to Data Sources
Take a closer look: Download Sample Module 2 (Portable Document Format, 1.02 MB).

The following topics are covered in this module:
  • Choosing a .NET Data Provider
  • Defining a Connection
  • Managing a Connection
  • Handling Connection Exceptions
  • Connection Pooling

Lab : Lab 2.1: Connecting to Data Sources

After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Choose a .NET data provider.
  • Connect to SQL Server.
  • Connect to OLE DB data sources.
  • Manage a connection.
  • Handle common connection exceptions.
  • Implement and control connection pooling.
Module 3: Performing Connected Database Operations
The following topics are covered in this module:

  • Working in a Connected Environment
  • Building Command Objects
  • Executing Commands That Return a Single Value
  • Executing Commands That Return Rows
  • Executing Commands That Do Not Return Rows
  • Using Transactions
Lab : Lab 3.1: Performing Connected Database Operations

After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Build a command object.
  • Execute a command that returns a single value.
  • Execute a command that returns a set of rows, and process the result.
  • Execute a command that defines database structure and permissions by using the data definition language (DDL) and data control language (DCL).
  • Execute a command that modifies data.
  • Use transactions.
Module 4: Building DataSets
The following topics are covered in this module:

  • Working in a Disconnected Environment
  • Building DataSets and DataTables
  • Binding and Saving a DataSet
  • Defining Data Relationships
  • Modifying Data in a DataTable
  • Sorting and Filtering
Lab : Lab 4.1: Building, Binding, Opening, and Saving DataSets

Lab : Lab 4.2: Manipulating DataSets

After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe the disconnected environment.
  • Build a DataSet and a DataTable.
  • Bind a DataSet to a DataGrid.
  • Open and save a DataSet.
  • Define a data relationship.
  • Modify data in a DataTable.
  • Find and select rows in a DataTable.
  • Sort and filter a DataTable by using a DataView.
Module 5: Reading and Writing XML with ADO.NET
The following topics are covered in this module:

  • Creating XSD Schemas
  • Loading Schemas and Data into DataSets
  • Writing XML from a DataSet
Lab : Lab 5.1: Working with XML Data in ADO.NET

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Generate an XSD schema from a DataSet by using graphical tools.
  • Save a DataSet structure to an XSD schema file.
  • Create and populate a DataSet from an XSD schema and XML data.
  • Save DataSet data as XML.
  • Write and load changes by using a DiffGram.
Module 6: Building DataSets from Existing Data Sources
The following topics are covered in this module:

  • Configuring a DataAdapter to Retrieve Information
  • Populating a DataSet Using a DataAdapter
  • Configuring a DataAdapter to Update the Underlying Data Source
  • Persisting Changes to a Data Source
  • How to Handle Conflicts
Lab : Lab 6.1: Retrieving Data into a Disconnected Application

Lab : Lab 6.2: Retrieving and Updating Customers and Orders Data

After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Configure a DataAdapter to retrieve information.
  • Populate a DataSet by using a DataAdapter.
  • Configure a DataAdapter to modify information.
  • Persist data changes to a data source.
  • Manage data conflicts.
Module 7: Building and Consuming a Web Service That Uses ADO.NET
The following topic is covered in this module:

  • Building and Consuming a Web Service That Returns Data
Lab : Lab 7.1: Troubleshooting an ADO.NET Application

After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Build a Web service.
  • Consume a Web service in a client application.
  • Troubleshoot errors in an ADO.NET application.

Prerequisites & Certificates

The course assumes that students have the following skills: Understanding of relational database concepts: table, row, column, primary keys, foreign keys, constraints, and views Data query and modification experience, including experience with SELECT, INSERT, UPDATE, and DELETE commands Exposure to XML documents, style sheets, and schemas Experience with Visual Basic .NET, Visual Basic for Applications, or previous versions of Visual Basic Experience building user interfaces, including Web applications or Microsoft Windows applications

Certificates offered

MS Certification

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations or postponements received more than ten business days prior to the first day of the course, will be subject to a 15% administration fee, and course ware fees where applicable. The cost of the course is payable, in full, for any cancellations or postponements received within ten business days, or less, prior to the first day of the course.

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A quick note to say thanks very much for the information I garnered at the course. The training was very informative and practical; the handout material contains a lot of information that will be helpful in future.
Reviewed by 2014
I found the course to be useful and easy to follow. Would use their service again.
Reviewed by 2014
I really enjoyed this training session, I found it incredible helpful for our needs of customizing our CRM. The instructor was good
Reviewed by 2013
By choice, and as I didn't want to disturb the man next to me, I didn't ask to many questions of the instructor. I realize that taking the same course at the same time would have been ideal, but I understand why we were put in the same space. I had a few computer glitches which shuffled the course material around a bit which I eventually found a work around for. A lot of material for one day and I did find myself paying attention to the clock to make sure I finished at a reasonable time.
Reviewed by 2012
very well organized and flexible. Helped me with my specific needs. Steve was very helpful.
Reviewed by 2012
I thought that the course content was excellent, it covered a wide variety of new features in 2010 at a sufficeint level of detail. The video instructor was also very diliegent about highlighting the various ribbon features and showing alternate methods of completing a task. This teaching method may not be for everyone, but I enjoyed the ability to learn at my own pace, without being slowed down by questions that were not relevant to me. It would be nice to have better control over the video streaming in order to skip over/ahead on topics that are familiar to the user.
Reviewed by 2012
the instructor was very knowledgeable, and most importantly patient.
Reviewed by 2012
Found that the advance training was where my level was at already on most items (wishing there was a super advanced training). Found the ‘instructor’ not to be conversant on the program I was being trained on (probably the same level as I was) which was frustrating. He did ask other personnel which did have more knowledge but did not give me a clear answer (said it was part of the limits of the program and what I was looking for was very customized, duh this is why I took the advanced) He was willing to go over the ideas of tables and relationships with me which was not covered in the course, which I was thankful for. The course did delivered though what it had said it would and it was good to get reinforcement on what I had learned on my own, that I was on the right track.
Reviewed by 2012
The course was really useful for me.
Reviewed by 2012
over all it is a good experience and I learnt something out of it.
Reviewed by 2012
Course content was not as comprehensive as I'd hoped. Would have liked more indepth lessons about macros.
Reviewed by 2012
It would be great to separate two different session for the topic. It was usufull and meantime it was too much information.
Reviewed by 2012
Hi, There was one problem with the flow. I'm not completely sure as to how best to describe it but basically, it didn't flow from one module to the next. Specifically, if I was in a particular module (say the introduction or first sub-module) and it completed, I was not automatically taken to the next sub-module within the overall module (a module being a section of the course). Feel free to give me a call to discuss at 416-686-3141.
Reviewed by 2012
The first hour of the course was difficult due to the noisy environment. There were 3 separate software platforms being mentored by 2 instructors simultaneously. As each required unique start up instructions, it was very difficult to concentrate on the video teaching for my session in spite of the headphones as there was a significant amount of background noise. I suggest that future sessions that are mentored rather than led be done as dedicated sessions (i.e. only 1 software platform being taught at a time) to minimize the impact of this situation. Additionally, the 2 instructors had side conversations that had nothing to do with teaching the sessions and needed to be asked not to do this as I found it was hindering my ability to listen to the video lesson. Unwilling to crank the volume on the headset, I could hear them clearly over the top of the lesson I was listening to.
Reviewed by 2012
Everyone was extremely laid back, kind and courteous. I felt very comfortable and no matter who you were in contact with, all employees were approachable.
Reviewed by 2012
While the instructor had a basic understanding of Project 2010, he did not have "advanced" knowledge which was the level of the course. He had not really used the software in "real life" so didn't have any context. Whenever I had questions, he looked for answers from microsoft.com (I could have done the same). I was hoping the instructor would provided added knowledge to what I was learning from the videos.
Reviewed by 2012
Fantastic and very relevant. The instructor was very pleasant and helpful.
Reviewed by 2012
Too many mistakes made in the videos, this made it confusing about what to follow and what to avoid. Seminar presenter got off-topic too much which made me pressed for time.
Reviewed by 2011
There really is not enough time in one day to do all the exersizes in the training manual, watch all the videos, take the quizzes, and discuss specifc issues with the instructor. I would suggest improving the video intruction to actual take you through some of the exersizes rather than leaving you to do it on your own, because you really only learn by doing.
Reviewed by 2011
Thought the directions in the book exercises exercises could be written a little clearer.
Reviewed by 2011
My second course with TekSource and it's always an enjoyable experience. It's a nice clean office environment close to the subway. And the staff is excellent and helpful.
Reviewed by 2011
Not instructor led hence one star rating
Reviewed by 2011
The only somewhat critical comment I have is that it can be difficult to concentrate when the mentor is explaining to another student. In a small classroom setting, I guess that is just a reality of mentor-assisted training.
Reviewed by 2011
Steve Meggenson understand French. He helped me a lot with my documents from work. Now I know how to use Access for my work. I should take this course 5 years ago! But, it's not too late! I want to take the monitored or coach course with Steve again because he can read and understand french!
Reviewed by 2011
I wish that there had been more examples and more exercises for pivot tables and vlook up. They are very valuable tools.
Reviewed by 2011
Very positive experience.
Reviewed by 2011

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