Visual Basic.net For Dummies usage of Northwind database

There are a lot of questions about Visual Basic.NET 2005 For Dummies and Visual Basic.NET 2008 For Dummies and the use of Northwind for the samples.  When I wrote the majority of that book in 2004, Northwind was still a common sample database for SQL Server.  When I updated it in 2007, it will still provided as a sample.  Since then, it has been totally replaced by AdventureWorks. Now, finding the sample is hard, and installing it is even harder.

I was going to write a large post on how to do the install, but Pinalkumar Dave did such an awesome job on his blog that I don't have to.  Here is the link:

http://blog.sqlauthority.com/2007/06/15/sql-server-2005-northwind-database-or-adventureworks-database-samples-databases-part-2/

You can get the samples still, from this link:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?familyid=06616212-0356-46a0-8da2-eebc53a68034&displaylang=en

I hope this helps.  I will be updating the VB book series after I am done with Programming Data, and will change the data samples to use AdventureWorks, or the latest and greatest at that time, if it changes again.

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