Looking for the best Option using VS 2017 front end  and a SQL back end

cmdolcet used Ask the Experts™
If someone could give me their thoughts on the best solutions for using vs 2017 (vb.net) and a current existing back end .SQL environment. I would like to know the best fastest way that I can use both pieces of software to design a database.

My constraints is that it needs to be in SQL on the back end, and on the front end VB.

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Can't get simpler than this. Even as a full MS free solution it's possible (SQL Express server, VS Studio Community Edition).
You can make it as fancy as you want though, full VS Studio Pro or Enterprise, coupled with a licensed MS SQL Server version.
Kyle AbrahamsSenior .Net Developer
Technically to design a DB all you need is SQL server.  

If you're looking at the UI and what not then it depends on your target.

Is it a website that connects to the database?  Then you're using ASP .NET webforms or MVC.

Is it a windows application?  Then you're using WPF or Windows Forms.

Is it something that runs all the time?  Then you're using a Windows service.

So the target architecture will determine what technologies you use to build the application.


Thanks Kyle,

It is a Windows Application and I am using Windows Forms. It will be launch from a desktop icon from a user
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Kyle AbrahamsSenior .Net Developer

So you're going to be using WPF or Windows Forms.

Windows Forms is more classic, WPF is the newer way.

What other information do you need?


I will be using Windows Forms.. Yes I know about WPF and their superiority. Is connection straight into the SQL object the best way to do it?
Senior .Net Developer
So from an architecture standpoint:

You can use entity framework if you want to go the object oriented route
Or you can use sql Commands to fire off queries / stored procedures.

here's an example of winForms with EF/LINQ:

and one using the ODBC commands:

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