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Directly accessing the SharePoint Database not recommended in production in any who. But you can do it in Staging or dev/test farm. For read operations: Reading from the SharePoint databases programmatically, or manually, can cause unexpected locking within Microsoft SQL Server which can adversely affect performance. Any read operations against the ...
Of course it will be, however, it's also not recommended to touch the database directly. Perhaps you could do this for the reading part only, but use the SP Api to write?
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