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Programming Microsoft® ADO.NET 2.0 Core Reference, 2nd Edition by David Sceppa

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Visual Studio Design-Time Features

The Visual Studio development environment includes features that make it easy to create connections to your database at design time and use those connections at run time.

Working with Connections in Server Explorer

The ADO.NET development team built ADO.NET to help you build fast, scalable database applications. The Visual Studio development team built a number of features into Visual Studio to help you build those database applications faster. One such feature is Server Explorer, which lets you examine various operating system services and integrate them into your applications. Server Explorer has additional support for database connectivity.

You can use Server Explorer to connect to SQL Server, as well as to other ...

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