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Accessing Data in Visual Studio

Most applications revolve around reading and updating information in databases. To enable data integration in distributed, scalable applications, Visual Studio provides support for integrating data into your applications.

Creating Data Applications

Discusses aspects of incorporating data access functionality into your applications.

Windows Communication Foundation Services and WCF Data Services in Visual Studio

Describes the tools available for creating Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) and WCF Data Services applications in Visual Studio.

Visual Database Tools

Describes the tools available for creating and maintaining Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle databases.

Creating and Managing Databases and Data-tier Applications in Visual Studio

Describes data-tier applications and database features in Visual Studio.

Chart Controls

Provides links and information that describe incorporating charts into applications.

Microsoft Reports

Provides links to topics that describe working with ReportViewer controls.

What's New for Data Application Development in Visual Studio 2012

Discusses data access features that are new in Visual Studio.

Windows Forms Data Architecture

Provides topics on how data binding works in Windows Forms and how to bind controls to a data source.


Describes the ADO.NET architecture and how to use the ADO.NET classes to manage application data and interact with data sources and XML.

ADO.NET Entity Framework

Describes how to create data applications that allow developers to program against a conceptual model instead of directly against a relational database.

ADO.NET Entity Data Model Tools

Describes how to use the Entity Data Model Tools, which are provided by the Entity Framework, to create applications.

WCF Data Services

Describes how to use WCF Data Services to deploy data services on the Web or an intranet that implement the Open Data Protocol (OData).

XML Documents and Data

Provides an overview to a comprehensive and integrated set of classes that work with XML documents and data in the .NET Framework.

ASP.NET Data Access Content Map

Provides topics on the issues associated with data binding in Web Forms pages and how to bind controls to a data source.

Data in Office Solutions

Contains links to topics that explain how data works in Office solutions. This includes information about schema-oriented programming, data caching, and server-side data access.

Deploying Applications and Components

Provides links to procedural, conceptual, and step-by-step topics about component deployment.

LINQ (Language-Integrated Query)

Describes the query capabilities built into C# and Visual Basic, and the common model for querying relational databases, XML documents, datasets, and in-memory collections.

XML Tools in Visual Studio

Discusses working with XML data, debugging XSLT, .NET Framework XML features, and architecture of XML Query.