The code and descriptions of C# and the .NET Framework in this book apply to .NET 2.0. You don't need anything other than the Framework to understand this aspect of the book, but many of the examples require Visual Studio 2005 (VS). There is also quite a lot of explanation of the VS development environment which may not apply to other tools, such as Visual C# 2005 Express.
To help you get the most from the text and keep track of what's happening, we've used a number of conventions throughout the book.
Try It Out
The Try It Out is an exercise you should work through, following the text in the book.
They usually consist of a set of steps.
Each step has a number.
Follow the steps through with your copy of the database.
How It Works
After each Try It Out , the code you've typed will be explained in detail.
Boxes like this one hold important, not-to-be forgotten information that is directly relevant to the
Tips, hints, tricks, and asides to the current discussion are offset and placed in italics like this.
As for styles in the text:
We highlight new terms and important words when we introduce them.
We show keyboard strokes like this: Ctrl+A.
We show file
We present code in two different ways:
In code examples we highlight new and important code with a gray background. The gray highlighting is not used for code that's less important in the present context, or has been shown before.
As you work through the examples in this book, you may choose either to type in all the code manually or to use the source code files that accompany the book. All of the source code used in this book is available for download at http://www.wrox.com. Once at the site, simply locate the book's title (either by using the Search box or by using one of the title lists) and click the Download Code link on the book's detail page to obtain all the source code for the book.
Because many books have similar titles, you may find it
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