In the past, developing a database was a simple affair where you built and deployed the database for a server down the hall in your datacenter, or in some cases to a server under someone's desk. While those good ole days were a much more simple time, they were quite limiting in how a database could be deployed and there were much fewer options for ensuring stability and performance. Today, SQL Developers have many more options for deployment including the services provided through Windows Azure. In this session, we'll dive into what you need to know to start developing databases with Windows Azure and discuss the value that cloud delivery can provide to your database development.
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Q: Can you also create that BACPAC from within Visual Studio?
Yes, provided I am understanding the questions correctly. You can use SQL Server Data Tools, within VS, to create BACPACs
Q: If you want to learn SQL Azure, how does the pricing work? I was a little confused with how charges are incurred, I assume that it's not by each query you execute, etc..