Connected Database Development
This section describes features provided by SQL Server Data Tools for designing and querying a connected database.
Using the SQL Server Object Explorer in Visual Studio, developers can now create, edit and browse database objects located in either an on-premise database server, such as SQL Server 2008 or Microsoft SQL Server 2012, or off-premise in SQL Azure. Developers can easily clone an existing production database to a test instance, perform additional development work on it, and publish the changes back to the production database.
How To topics in this section contain a series of tasks that can be completed in a sequence.
In This Section
Connect to a database and browse its entities.
Use the new Table Designer to design tables and manage table relationships.
Update a connected database without writing ALTER scripts.
Specify which data should display in the Data View.
Use Transact-SQL Editor to edit and execute Transact-SQL scripts.
Write Transact-SQL scripts to edit the definition of a table, or populate data.
Use the Data Editor to view or enter data in a table.
Rename or delete database entities, and let SQL Server Data Tools automatically resolve object dependencies.
Create a development database from a production database.
Shows how to extract and publish .dacpac files.