Database Connections

This tutorial starts by looking at creating a Data Access Layer using a TableAdapter. This reduces the lines of code needed for each web page while giving the developer a means to demonstrate a range of SQL statements for assessment purposes.

There are so many choices of how to connect to your database and they can each influence  (or completely change) the way you developer your web solution. Each approach has its uses and applications and if you are a student you may need to consider what you are being assessed on.


Three-Tier Architecture

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  • Presentation Layer
  • Business Logic Layer
  • Data Access Layer

Consider using a TableAdapter as a Data Access Layer as the middle-ground between embedding code in either C# or the HTML, and using LINQ to SQL or an ORM. The following is a list of methods you may like to review, from least favourable to most (in our opinion).


SQL Connections in HTML/ASP Code

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SQL Connections in Code Behind (C#)

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TableAdapter, Data Access Layer (DAL)

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Potentially quicker and easier to use than Entity Framework, LINQ to SQL is restricted to Microsoft SQL Server databases and has some restrictions in comparison.


Entity Framework - Object Relational Mapper (ORM):

Entity Framework is Microsoft's Object Relational Mapper tool and can work with various types of databases. It takes a little more effort than LINQ to SQL but provides more flexibility and control. Essentially an ORM reduces the amount of code required to interface with a database.