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I’ve realized that I never understood the full potential of the Visual Studio Database Project. None of the projects I’ve worked on has had a effective process on handling changes and versioning of the database schema. Test data, build scripts, changes to the local development database versus the test and production base has also been a bit bumpy. I’ve haven’t understood that working with the Database Project potentially could solves a lot of these challenges .

A chapter from the Database Access with Visual Basic® .NET book describes some features in the Database Project.