In this chapter we focused on the Visual Studio.NET database project type. This project type doesn't include any Visual Basic code; rather, it is meant to be used to create, test, run, and manage SQL database scripts, queries, and command files. These scripts and commands allow you to create new database schemas, make changes to existing schemas, and query and update existing database data. These are important, time-saving tools that should be used as much as possible during both the development and deployment phases of a project.
In general, you probably won't bother getting involved with database project scripts and queries unless you're developing, maintaining, and enhancing a real-world database application. Furthermore, as an application programmer, you may be used to leaving the tasks discussed in this chapter to database analysts (DBAs). However, more and more application programmers are assuming many of the tasks traditionally performed by DBAs. Even if that isn't the case in your situation, you may still need to perform many of these tasks for your own private development environment.
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