5.6 Summary

This chapter describes the core of ADO.NET. Having focused on the disconnected dataset, ADO.NET enables us not only to build high-performance, scalable solutions for e-commerce, but also allows the applications to reach other platforms through the use of XML. This chapter serves as a high-level survey into the classes that make up ADO.NET and serves to familiarize you with the System.Xml library.[10] In the next chapter, we delve into building software as services. We will make use of ADO.NET as the data-access and exchange mechanism in our software services.

[10] For additional information on ADO.NET, see O'Reilly's ADO.NET in a Nutshell, by Bill Hamilton and Matthew MacDonald, and ADO.NET Cookbook, by Bill Hamilton.