In Beginning ASP Databases, a trio of authors covers the basics of working with databases from ASP–especially using ActiveX Database Objects (ADO). The book is quite substantive in content but is written in a somewhat light-hearted style that makes readers new to the technology comfortable.

The authors begin with a discussion of the benefits of ASP and ADO, and then explain how to configure the technology on the various flavors of Windows. From there, they show how to access databases using ADO, demystify how it all works, and focus on several key areas, including debugging, SQL, and stored procedures. Plenty of code examples are included, and each is captioned with step-by-step explanations. Exercises and quizzes also complement the material.

Throughout the book the authors identify some quite useful techniques to employ and traps to watch for–nuggets of knowledge that will set new ASP programmers on the right track. A lengthy case study ties it all together with a real-world example. If you’re planning on building Web sites on the Microsoft platform, ASP/ADO database access knowledge is essential. This fine guide offers an excellent way to get up to speed seamlessly.

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