What's on the CD-ROM

The CD-ROM that accompanies the print version of this book contains a copy of ADO.NET in a Nutshell for Microsoft Visual Studio .NET. This software plugs directly into Microsoft Visual Studio .NET and makes the contents of Part III of this book, API Quick Reference, available to you as a fully integrated member of Visual Studio .NET Dynamic Help.

By making ADO.NET in a Nutshell a part of your Visual Studio .NET development environment, you gain the following benefits:

  • Constantly updated Dynamic Help links to relevant Quick Reference entries as you write C# code (these links appear in a separate Dynamic Help window link group named O'Reilly Help )

  • Links to both Quick Reference topics and Microsoft documentation topics when you use either the Help Search facility or interactive Index

  • Access to the O'Reilly web site, http://www.oreilly.com, for additional books and articles on Visual Basic .NET, C#, and the .NET Framework

  • Cross links from Quick Reference topics to related topics in MSDN documentation.

For more information on ADO.NET in a Nutshell for Microsoft Visual Studio .NET, please read the release notes on the CD-ROM.

To use ADO.NET in a Nutshell for Microsoft Visual Studio .NET, you must be running a version of Visual Basic .NET or Visual Studio .NET on your computer or laptop. To install ADO.NET in a Nutshell for Microsoft Visual Studio .NET:

  1. Place the CD-ROM in the CD-ROM player.

  2. If you are running Visual Studio .NET 2003, double-click on the file named ADONETinaNutshell2003.msi. If you are still running Visual Studio .NET 2002, double-click on the file named ADONETinaNutshell2002.msi.

  3. Follow the instructions contained in the install program windows. Be sure to read and accept the terms of the software license before proceeding.

To uninstall ADO.NET in a Nutshell for Microsoft Visual Studio .NET, repeat the previous procedure, but click on the Remove button when the program prompts you to select an install option.

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    Part I: ADO.NET Tutorial
    Part II: ADO.NET Core Classes
    Part III: API Quick Reference