This chapter has provided you with a basic overview of what ADO.NET 2.0 is and what you can accomplish with it. At this point you should be comfortable with the idea behind data-driven applications and you should feel ready to start experimenting with your own data access applications using the information presented in this chapter. You should be able to start using your own DataSets, DataAdapters, and Connections now, and hopefully you will be able to make use of some of the new features of ADO.NET 2.0 such as Schema Discovery.
This chapter is not designed to be a complete reference for ADO.NET. Rather, it is intended that this chapter will provide you with enough background information that you will be able to follow along in subsequent chapters where data access technology and code becomes more complex and intricate.