ADO.NET Developer Guidance Map


If you’re interested in Microsoft data access (ADO.NET, Entity Framework, etc.), this map is for you.   Microsoft has an extensive collection of developer guidance available in the form of Code Samples, How Tos, Videos, and Training.  The challenge is -- how do you find all of the various content collections? … and part of that challenge is knowing *exactly* where to look.  This is where the map comes in.  It helps you find your way around the online jungle and gives you short-cuts to the treasure troves of available content.

The Windows ADO.NET Developer Guidance Map helps you kill a few birds with one stone:

  1. It show you the key sources of data access content and where to look (“teach you how to fish”)
  2. It gives you an index of the main content collections (Code Samples, How Tos, Videos, and Training)
  3. You can also use the map as a model for creating your own map of developer guidance.

Download the ADO.NET Developer Guidance Map

Contents at a Glance

  • Introduction
  • Sources of Data Access Developer Guidance
  • Topics and Features Map (a “Lens” for Finding ADO.NET Content)
  • Summary Table of Topics
  • How The Map is Organized (Organizing the “Content Collections”)
  • Getting Started
  • Architecture and Design
  • Code Samples
  • How Tos
  • Videos
  • Training

Mental Model of the Map
The map is a simple collection of content types from multiple sources, organized by common tasks, common topics, and ADO.NET features:


Special Thanks …
Special thanks to Chris Sells, Diego Dagum, Mechele Gruhn, Paul Enfield, and Tobin Titus for helping me find and round up our various content collections.

Enjoy and share the map with a friend.

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Comments (5)
  1. Ismail says:

    This is awesome guide, thanks

  2. J.D. Meier says:

    @ Ismail — thank you.

  3. Omprakash says:

    Thanks for this, its a nice article.

  4. Day says:

    In Code Samples, localization section is present in categories but missing in code sample map.

  5. J.D. Meier says:

    @ Omprakash — Thank you.

    @ Day — Good catch.  I think when we hunted for Localization samples, we didn't easily find any.  We should either remove the localization bucket, or keep it as a reminder to contribute samples.

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