12. Understanding .NET Data Provider Connectivity : Integration with Visual Studio
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Integration with Visual Studio
The .NET Data Provider is integrated with Visual Studio 2005, 2008, 2010, and 2012.
The .NET Framework has design-time support. .NET objects, derived from certain component objects, can exist within an application runtime environment and in a designer environment such as Microsoft Visual Studio.
Integration with Visual Studio visual tools allows a programmer to drag-and-drop the data provider design component onto a control. Integration also allows the programmer to use wizards and editors to aid application development.
The Visual Studio Toolbox contains a series of tabs (for example, Data, Components, and Window Forms) that list objects for the Visual Studio design environment. These objects can be dragged-and-dropped onto design surfaces such as the Windows Form control (WinForm). This operation can trigger wizards, designers, or simply a paint of a control on the design surface.