New Data Access best practices

Hello. I’ve been out of the ASP.Net arena since 1.1, and I’m starting to get back into it after a hiatus.

In the past, I would generally create SqlDataReaders, wire them up to pull from tables in a database via direct sql or accessing database views (mostly in MSSQL), grab the data, and display it in some datatable, or datalist.

Modifying data would usually be calling a stored procedure in the database to add/modify data, and then retrieve it afterward.

Now that I read up, I see there are alot of new things in ADO.Net world; strongly typed datasets, auto-generated adapters, etc.

My question is, does anyone have a good reference on best practices (or a book recommendation) on how to handle data access, and data manipulation and display now? I’m assuming that there are more automatic ways to show and manipulate data than before, but the new details are quite vast (which is good), but slightly overwhelming for me.

Thanks for any insight.

If you will be using VS2010, then consider Entity framework