Visual Studio 2013 and Database Projects–Installation
This installation is for Visual Studio Premium. Once the image is mounted, the folder contains the installation file for the install, i.e. vs_premium.
- Light Switch
- Microsoft SQL Server Data Tools
Light Switch is a technology to shorten the development time on business applications and data services for data-centric business applications. SQL Server Data Tools are the add-on previously (VS 2012) downloaded and installed separately, but now part of the install. It provides database schema modelling and support for querying live databases.
The other default option is Blend, a visual user-interface design tool using XAML (web) and WYSIWYG (desktop), before part of the Microsoft Expression Studio toolset. This is not a database specific tool.
Once installed (it takes a while) the Microsoft Account Login dialog is presented for which you are required to have credentials. Either use an existing account or create one (reference) and then associate an MSDN subscription (licenses that your company pays for) to this identity. Note: a licence key may also be used if you don’t have an MSDN subscription to activate the software (see how).
Once logged in access your account details to find the MSDN section where the Subscriber ID and company email are used to link the MSDN profile to the Microsoft User Identity.
Once the subscription is activated the software is licensed.
Visual Studio starts with an environment set-up that can be changed at a later stage also. Here the Database environment (as that is the purpose of this instance) is selected and the colour scheme of your choice.
This is the installation process and you have arrived at the first screen.
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