Good efficient practice with accessing a database developing a web application

Hi
I am in the process of teaching myself VB.NET 2005. I have been a developer for over 20 years and I know there are many ways of doing things. So I would rather learn the most efficient way of accessing a database up front if possible.
1. Let me start from scratch. Lets say I am developing a web application, how and what do I need to do to access a MSSQL database?
2. How should I define a new DataSet and how would I make reference to the new dataset in my code?
3. If somebody has a very simple example of the way I should do my database access, it would be great.

I look forward to some helpfull answers.

Regards
kezit
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newyuppieConnect With a Mentor Commented:
1. if you installed vb2005 i believe you already have all the drivers needed to access MSSQL databases. all the controls you need are in system.data.sqlclient

2. there are basically 2 options: typed datasets, or non typed datasets. the first ones are automatically generated by VB2005 when you use menu Data/Add New Data Source. the advantage of typed datasets is that a class gets automatically generated that exposes methods to directly access all the columns in your datatables by direct reference to the object. the most important generated object here would be the TableAdapter class.
the non typed datasets are when you create by code your connection, dataset, datatable, etc. only difference with typed datasets is that you will be using the DataAdapter class and not the TableAdapter.
i suggest you start with typed-datasets, and as you master it over time, maybe you could get more customization with the DataAdapter if you know what you are doing.
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kezitAuthor Commented:
Ok, to create a typed dataset with a windows application it is no problem but if it is a Web application the data menu does not exist. How do i create a typed dataset for a web application?
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