Accessing Data Using Structured Query Language
What You Will Learn in this Chapter
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Most applications manipulate data in some way. Visual Basic 2012 applications often manipulate data that comes from relational databases. To do this, your application needs to interface with relational database software such as Microsoft Access, Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, or Sybase.
Visual Studio 2012 provides the data access tools and wizards to connect to these databases and retrieve and update their data. In this chapter, you will look at some of these tools and wizards and use them to retrieve data from a database.
The next chapter concentrates on writing code directly, which gives you more flexibility and control than relying on Visual Studio 2012 to create it for you. With practice, writing code will also take less time than working through a wizard.