I'm sorry to hear that you are experiencing strong inconveniences because of the Visual Studio integration deprecation.
For the purposes of your evaluation, I would suggest reviewing in this post
. The information in it will show that although Visual Designer had an obvious design-time value, the strongest side of Data Access is its runtime.
Thank you for the feedback.
Indeed the tool is still in Beta and it does not allow you to select which tables to include in your model. I added a feature request
on our Ideas and Feedback portal for such an enhancement and I kindly invite you to cast your vote for it.
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