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What is ODBC?
Is it necessary to install this driver in order to create a connection to the database sql server?

(I use VB.NET as a Language of Programmation)
Updated 29-Mar-10 16:37pm

ODBC stands for Open Database Connectivity providers. This is as set of API for managing Database. ODBC is independent of any specific database. If you are working with SQL server and all the SQL drivers are installed in your system in that case your are not required ODBC. ODBC are slower in comparison to the actual database drivers.
ODBC is Open Database Connectivity, a standard for database communications.

Do you specifically need it to connect to SQL Server from VB.NET? No.

Check out Connection Strings for the many and varied ways available to connect to SQL Server.

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