One of the best aspects of the .NET Framework is ADO.NET and data providers that negate the need for ODBC connections. Data providers offer a liaison between your code and the database. They also provide better performance, as well as easier setup (no one misses the process of installing and configuring an ODBC driver).
.NET database providers make it necessary to specify database connection information, but it's the developer's discretion to decide where to store this information.
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