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Question SQL Server 2012 Express - Do I need it for Visual Studio?

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Should I downlaod SQL Server 2012 Express if I have Visual Studio 2012? I am a brand new VB programmer, and I see in the Beginning Visual Basic 2012 book a recommendation to download a free version of SQL Server 2012 Express. But then, I read in the Professional Visual Studio book a statement that Visual Studio has pretty much everything I need, and thatI I do not need to venture outside of it for connection to a database. Please help me decide if I need to download SQL Server 2012 Express or not.
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Visual Studio 2012 installs SQL Server 2012 Local DB edition, which is a version of SQL Server used for development. You need to address it as (localdb)\v11.0 in your connections.

You can also use SQL Server Express or the Developer Edition, which both need to be installed separately.

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