Accessing data in Visual Basic applications

Visual Basic includes several new features to assist in developing applications that access data. Data-bound forms for Windows applications are created by dragging items from the Data Sources Window onto the form. You bind controls to data by dragging items from the Data Sources Window onto existing controls.

Accessing Data in Visual Studio
Provides links to pages that discuss incorporating data access functionality into your applications.

Visual Studio data tools for .NET
Provides links to pages on creating applications that work with data, using Visual Studio.

LINQ
Provides links to topics that describe how to use LINQ with Visual Basic.

LINQ to SQL
Provides information about LINQ to SQL. Includes programming examples.

LINQ to SQL Tools in Visual Studio
Provides links to topics about how to create a LINQ to SQL object model in applications.

Work with datasets in n-tier applications
Provides links to topics about how to create multitiered data applications.

Add new connections
Provides links to pages on connecting your application to data with design-time tools and ADO.NET connection objects, using Visual Studio.

Dataset Tools in Visual Studio
Provides links to pages describing how to load data into datasets and how to execute SQL statements and stored procedures.

Bind controls to data in Visual Studio
Provides links to pages that explain how to display data on Windows Forms through data-bound controls.

Edit Data in Datasets
Provides links to pages describing how to manipulate the data in the data tables of a dataset.

Validate data in datasets
Provides links to pages describing how to add validation to a dataset during column and row changes.

Save data back to the database
Provides links to pages explaining how to send updated data from an application to the database.

ADO.NET
Describes the ADO.NET classes, which expose data-access services to the .NET Framework programmer.

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