Visual Studio Data – Related Technologies and Tools

As you may notice the Visual Studio Data (vsdata) blog is evolving.  It is great to see more blogs come out from this team (special thanks to our driver PMs: Beth and Yang) and more bloggers, especially developers and testers, contributing to the content.  I think this is a great way to communicate with our customers and we do love the feedback.  

The team members own a wide range of Visual Studio features mostly around data access technologies. To give you a better idea what these features are, let me list some technologies and tools you can search for that are closely related to us. (Well, this list is what I can think at this moment and not an official list from the team).

Data Sources Window,  Data Sources Wizard,  Object Data Source,  Drag and Drop,  Data Binding in Winform/WPF /Silverlight/RIA Service;  

ADO.Net,  Typed DataSet,  Typed DataSet Designer,  TableAdapter,  Hierarchical Update, N-Tier Design, Linq over Typed DataSet, Entity Framework;

Data Designer Extensibility (DDEX), Server Explorer, Data Explorer, Database Explorer, Connection Dialog, Query Designer, View Designer;

Local Data, Access Database, SQL Server, SQL Server Compact, SQL Server Express, Occasionally Connected Applications, Sync Designer;

WCF, Web Service, ADO.NET Data Service.

The top level MSDN references for accessing data in Visual Studio are here:

VS2010 Beta1 version:

VS2008 version

Well, the team also owns other features like Class Designer, Visual Basic Powerpacks.  So don't be surprised if any member has a post on those topics. J

Again, I appreciate any feedback you may have, especially on our blog contents.  



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