What does a "Development Database" mean in the context of the App Platform?

When I create a new application I have the option to add a database. And when I add a database I see two choices: Dev Database or Existing database. What’s the difference?

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Databases come in two forms in App Platform: dev databases, which are not intended for production use, and managed databases (referred to as “existing databases” in the user interface), which are instances of a DigitalOcean managed database that you have created outside of App Platform and would like to use in production…