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Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 Unleashed, Third Edition by Mike Snell, Lars Powers

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Using Database Projects

Up to this point, we have discussed the use of the Visual Database Tools outside of the context of a Visual Studio solution/project. Now let’s investigate the role of the Database project type. Database projects in Visual Studio are used to manage the development and deployment of databases. They essentially represent an offline version of a database. It mirrors a database through a set of SQL files that contain the schema and object definitions for things such as tables, indexes, and stored procedures. With database projects, Visual Studio enables an end-to-end database development workflow that typically goes something like this:

The DBA, who is typically the only person on a project team with access to the production ...

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