ASP.NET Data Providers

The .NET Framework encompasses three primary data providers for ADO.NET: the Microsoft SQL Server Data Provider, the OLEDB Data Provider, and the ODBC Data Provider. Each provider corresponds to a specific database technology and offers specialized functionality for working with the respective data sources.

Data providers for ADO.NET

SQL Server Connection

The Microsoft SQL Server Data Provider is designed for interacting with SQL Server databases and utilizes the SqlConnection object for establishing a connection to the database.

ASP.NET SQL Server Connection

OLEDB Connection

The OLEDB Data Provider, on the other hand, is a more generic provider that supports a variety of databases and employs the OleDbConnection object for establishing connections using the OLE DB technology.

ASP.NET OLEDB Connection

ODBC Connection

The ODBC Data Provider enables connectivity to databases through the ODBC (Open Database Connectivity) standard and employs the OdbcConnection object for establishing connections.

ASP.NET ODBC Connection

Enable data access functionality

In addition to the data provider objects, ADO.NET includes four essential objects that enable data access functionality: the Connection object, Command object, DataReader object, and DataAdapter object.


The Connection object is responsible for establishing a physical connection to the data source, enabling communication between the application and the database.

ASP.NET Connection


The Command object allows the execution of SQL statements or stored procedures on the data source, performing tasks such as retrieving data, updating records, or executing complex database operations.

ASP.NET Command


The DataReader object facilitates the retrieval of query results from the data source in a forward-only, read-only manner. It provides a stream-based approach for efficient data retrieval without the need to store the entire result set in memory.

ASP.NET DataReader


The DataAdapter object plays a crucial role in populating a DataSet object with data retrieved from the data source. The DataAdapter acts as a bridge between the data source and the DataSet, facilitating data extraction, manipulation, and interaction.

ASP.NET DataAdapter

To gain a deeper understanding of how these objects are utilized in ASP.NET applications, you can refer to the following link, which provides practical examples and guidance for working with these objects in ASP.NET.