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BOOK: Beginning Visual Basic 2005 Databases ISBN: 978-0-7645-8894-5
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Great Book! Been challenging me for the last 2 weeks, working through Chapter 11.

I was wondering if there are any performance / coding time / readability tradeoffs between using the various Data Wizards touched on in Chapter 3, versus the hand coding in the rest of the book. Yesterday, I looked at this:

http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/vbasic/bb466226.aspx

and it seems much quicker. I'm on the team for learning the details of ADO, but is there a preferred method between the 2? Why?

Thanks.

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In my first database book I used more of the wizards especially to generate the XSDs. However, this time around I wanted to demonstrate coding the datasets by hand to give repeat readers another alternative.

Personally, I belive that if you can code everything by hand and have a grasp on what is going on, then you should be able to use the wizards and then modify the generated code to suit your needs.

I personally find that the wizards do a great job on simply data tasks but when it comes to more complex data tasks with multiple related tables, that they lack intelligence. However, if you have a firm grasp on data concepts then you should be able to use the wizards to reduce the amount of coding and then just fix any generated code that needs to be modified.

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Thanks Thearon. Do you teach classes? I think we're in the same geographic region, and I'd be interested in learning more. Your teaching style in the book matches how I learn.

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Thanks,

We'll take the training issue offline and I'll email you.

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