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August 2010, Vol. 3

Pros and cons of the DACPAC with SQL Server 2008 R2

Microsoft has combined SQL Server 2008 R2 and Visual Studio 2010 to give us a new feature called data-tier applications, or DACs. Deployment of DACs from Visual Studio into SQL Server is done through a data-tier application package, also known as a DACPAC. The good DACPACs are great for small shops that are deploying minor application changes to SQL Server. It allows the code to be kept within the existing source control and gives developers an easy way to edit SQL Server objects from within the already familiar Visual Studio environment. This means that developers can work against their development database for all their coding, and then package up all the changes into a single DACPAC for release to production. The DACPAC can also be handed off to a DBA for release into a production or quality assurance (QA) environment. The DACPAC handles versioning of the database through data-tier editing, providing the developer with an easy way to use the database editing system. The .NET developer has the ability to edit the tables, ...

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