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Data Connections in Server Explorer/Database Explorer

You can create connections in Server Explorer/Database Explorer using Visual Database Tools and Visual Studio data design tools, such as the Data Source Configuration Wizard.

NoteNote:

In the Visual Studio Express products, this window is named Database Explorer. In all other Visual Studio products, this window is named Server Explorer.

Programming with ADO.NET

ADO.NET technology, part of the .NET Framework, makes it possible for you to connect programmatically to a data source.

For more information, see the following pages:

.NET Framework

Visual Studio

Data Providers

A data provider owns its own data and exposes it in tabular form. It is not dependent on other providers — service or data — to provide data to the consumer. For more information, see the following pages:

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