In this chapter, you read about the broad and deep support that Visual Studio has for building and managing databases and for creating applications that access data in a database. We discussed the suite of SQL Server Data Tools, available right within the IDE, that function in synergy with one another and with the various Visual Studio designers to provide a seamless experience for writing queries, creating table structures, and crafting stored procedures. We also investigated the newfound support for writing SQL Server database procedures and functions using entirely managed code.

We spent some time discussing the basics of data binding: how it is a core problem space with many application development efforts and how the Visual Studio ...

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