It’s odd, but when you start to learn VB .NET, or any other language for that matter, one topic that’s seemingly glossed over in every book is how to work with data. Fair enough, there are other topics to cover as well; Web Forms, Windows Forms, security, and file access are pretty fundamental. But once you’ve gotten beyond the language and asked, “So, what can I do with it?” you soon realize that almost every useful application uses (and abuses) data. Most real-world programs use data stored in relational databases, so every programmer needs to know how to access relational data. This book explains how to do this with VB .NET and ADO.NET. We’ll start at the beginning with the installations you need, and then we’ll cover ADO.NET 1.1, SQL, and relational databases. Then we’ll go on to more advanced topics. Finally, we’ll close with a brief look ahead to ADO.NET 2.0. By the end of this book, you’ll be equipped to tackle the core topics in VB .NET database programming.