Accessing Data in Visual Studio

Most applications revolve around reading and updating information in databases. To enable data integration in distributed, scalable applications, Visual Studio provides support for integrating data into your applications.

In This Section

  • What's New in Data Application Development
    Discusses data access features that are new in Visual Studio.

  • Windows Forms Data Architecture
    Provides topics on how data binding works in Windows Forms and how to bind controls to a data source.

    Describes the ADO.NET architecture and how to use the ADO.NET classes to manage application data and interact with data sources and XML.

  • ADO.NET Entity Framework
    Describes how to create data applications that allow developers to program against a conceptual model instead of directly against a relational database.

  • ADO.NET Entity Data Model Tools
    Describes how to use the Entity Data Model Tools, which are provided by the Entity Framework, to create applications.

  • WCF Data Services
    Describes how to use WCF Data Services to deploy data services on the Web or an intranet that implement the Open Data Protocol (OData).

  • XML Documents and Data
    Provides an overview to a comprehensive and integrated set of classes that work with XML documents and data in the .NET Framework.

  • ASP.NET Data Access
    Provides topics on the issues associated with data binding in Web Forms pages and how to bind controls to a data source.

  • Data in Office Solutions
    Contains links to topics that explain how data works in Office solutions. This includes information about schema-oriented programming, data caching, and server-side data access.

  • Deploying Applications and Components
    Provides links to procedural, conceptual, and step-by-step topics about component deployment.

  • LINQ (Language-Integrated Query)
    Describes the query capabilities built into C# and Visual Basic, and the common model for querying relational databases, XML documents, datasets, and in-memory collections.

  • XML Tools in Visual Studio
    Discusses working with XML data, debugging XSLT, .NET Framework XML features, and architecture of XML Query.