Encapsulating ODBC in ASP .NET

Introduction

In an earlier article (Implementing ODBC in ASP .NET), we described some issues with Microsoft's ODBC server controls, and how to work through them. In a nutshell, although Microsoft provided the necessary data objects, they left out the logic required to wire these objects into .NET's new XML-based Dataset standard. Our article described how to perform this task manually.

Although our approach works nicely, it requires a fair amount of code, particularly for Datasets with many fields. In addition, change control can rapidly become a problem if several Web Forms must access the same Dataset, since any structural change to the Dataset (adding or removing a field, etc.) must be reflected in each Data Adapter's table mappings.

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Jason G. Williscroft

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Jason Williscroft is a former Marine and naval officer, and a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, where he studied Systems Engineering. He is currently General Manager of HotQuant, LLC,...

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