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Visual Studio LightSwitch

LightSwitch Developer Center

Now you can see firsthand why building business apps has never been easier. Download the free 90-day Trial, watch the LightSwitch Launch Keynote and get general product information on the LightSwitch site.

Visual Studio LightSwitch (MSDN)

Visual Studio LightSwitch 2011 is a development tool that helps you build business applications quickly. LightSwitch provides a simplified development environment that enables you to concentrate on the business logic instead of the application infrastructure.

Introduction to Visual Studio LightSwitch

Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch helps you solve specific business needs by enabling you to quickly create professional-quality business applications, regardless of your development skills. LightSwitch is a new addition to the Visual Studio family.


Excellent tutorial series “Beginners Guide to Visual Studio LightSwitch” by Kunal Chowdhury:

Beginners Guide to Visual Studio LightSwitch (Part – 1) – Working with New Data Entry Screen

Here in this article, I will guide you to understand it with the help of a small application. There will be a series of articles on this topic regularly. Read the complete article to learn about creating a Silverlight data driven application with the help of Visual Studio LightSwitch.

Beginners Guide to Visual Studio LightSwitch (Part – 2) – Working with Search Screen

In this article, I will show you how to create a search record window & export the records to Excel Sheet using Visual Studio LightSwitch for Silverlight. No need to write a single piece of code, no need to write a single XAML code. Read through the complete article to learn more about it.

Beginners Guide to Visual Studio LightSwitch (Part – 3) – Working with Editable DataGrid Screen

In this chapter, I will guide you step-by-step to create a DataGrid of records. Here you will know, how to insert/modify/delete records. These all steps are without writing any code. We will use just the tool to improve our existing application.

Beginners Guide to Visual Studio LightSwitch (Part – 4) – Working with List and Details Screen

In this Chapter, we will discuss on the List and Details Screen where we can integrate two or more Tables inside a single Screen. Read the complete tutorial to learn it. Enough images are there for you to understand it very easily. Don’t forget to vote and write some feedbacks on this topic.

Beginners Guide to Visual Studio LightSwitch (Part – 5) – Working with Custom Validation

In this chapter, I am going to demonstrate you of doing custom validation using Visual Studio LightSwitch. This time we will jump into writing some code to extend the functionalities.


Tutorial / Article: Hands On with Visual Studio LightSwitch – but what is it for?

Visual Studio LightSwitch, currently in public beta, is Microsoft’s most intriguing development tool for years. It is, I think, widely misunderstood, or not understood; but there is some brilliant work lurking underneath it. That does not mean it will succeed. The difficulty Microsoft is having in positioning it, together with inevitable version one limitations, may mean that it never receives the attention it deserves.


Information about Visual Studio LightSwitch:

Article: Visual Studio LightSwitch hits the market, but misses its markets

Visual Studio LightSwitch 2011, Microsoft’s new development tool designed for rapid application development (RAD) of line-of-business (LOB) software, has gone on sale, after being released to MSDN subscribers on Tuesday.

Article: Microsoft LightSwitch Defends Productivity

At VSLive today, I had the pleasure of introducing Microsoft Corporate VP Jason Zander. And he had the pleasure of introducing Visual Studio LightSwitch.

Article: Introducing Visual Studio LightSwitch

I am pleased to announce a new product in the Visual Studio family – Visual Studio LightSwitch.  LightSwitch is the simplest way to build business applications for the cloud and the desktop.

Article: Introducing Microsoft® Visual Studio® LightSwitch™

Today during the VSLive! keynote here in Redmond I announced a new product called Microsoft® Visual Studio® LightSwitch™, which is the simplest way to build business applications for the desktop and cloud.  LightSwitch is a new member of the Visual Studio family focused on making it easy to develop line of business applications.


The following are recent posts and threads with answers from blogs, the MSDN Forums, and Stackoverflow relating to Visual Studio LightSwitch:

Visual Studio LightSwitch – General (Beta)

Lightswitch installation problem

Can anyone help me with this, please? Lightswitch installation on a Windows 7 machine fails with the following log message: [08/18/11,18:33:46] setup.exe: [2] ISetupComponent::Pre/Post/Install() failed in ISetupManager::InternalInstallManager() with HRESULT -2147023293.
[08/18/11,18:33:48] SimpleUI: [2] DepCheck indicates Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch 2011 – ENU is not installed.”

The download does not mention deployment prerequisites, which after running the prerequisites installer in an earlier attempt appear to have installed. The installation process saya it is installing SQL Server 2008 management Objects, but seems to skip over these very quickly with nothing showing on the progress bar, and then the actual Lightswitch installation fails.

… has answers


Lightswitch Extension compatibilityI have VS pro with SP1 and SP1 SDK installed on Win 7 x64. I also have Lightswitch Beta 2 installed. I have installed VS Lightswitch extensibility Toolkit and enabled it under the extensions manager.

When I create a new project the templates for both VB and C are there.

I then created a new Lightswitch VB project and received the following error (image below).

Does the Lightswitch Extension Toolkit work with LS Beta 2? I recall an email (I think from beth Massi saying it does).

… see thread for answers


Connect to Lightswitch data from SQL Server Management Studio?

Hi,  I am new to Lightswitch and just created my first application. Lightswitch seems very cool…  I would like to now connect to the Lightswitch data from SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) – 2008 R2 Express Edition.  I want to manually create a backup of my data.   Is this possible?  Is so, please indicate the required steps to perform the connection?  Thanks!

… has answers


Visual Studio Lightswitch Beta2

What are your experiences with Beta2 of Visual Lightswitch? Can it already be used for real life projects? Does anybody know, when the final (RTM) version will be out? I am very intersting in using Lightswitch in the future for RAD, but I am a litte bit self-conscious, if the tool is flexible enough for my dividual requirements and if a Lightswitch solution can be extended with own code !? Can it be mixed with “normal” Silverlight?

Francis: I am currently in production with a Lightswitch application connected to SQL Server 2008 via IIS. I am using it to create basic stuff for now like orders, invoices. My experience so far is very good considering Beta 2. Small bugs on slower computers but nothing to stop continuing. It will take you longer to build a nice database than to build the front-end application in LS. If you do your db design right, then the rest is easy and flawless. You can extend alot with Lightswitch like using custom Silverlight controls so basically sky is the limit if you know Silverlight programming. This is what I like, I know I can build on top with future options for my app like bing maps, upload pictures or documents….


Is Visual Studio Lightswitch “Microsoft Access” for the web age? [closed]

It seems that Visual Studio Lightswitch is aimed at the some sort of application that Microsoft Access was aimed at.  Therefore am I right to assume that: “Visual Studio Lightswitch” is “Microsoft Access” for the web age.

Actually, it not too bad of a question. LightSwtich is certainly a rad tool in the sense that VB or products like Access is. And, a good portion of things like Forms etc. in LightSwtich don’t need the user to ever write any code. So one can consider LightSwtich quite much a wizard like environment for the web without the need to write code to create forms etc. In this sense, this does make many concepts and ideas in LightSwtich much like Access for the web. One should note that Access 2010 does allow one to create web forms and reports and do so without having to write code like LightSwtich. – Albert D. Kallal

.. This *question* has additional responses, but has also been closed due to it possible not being a question.  Closing the question has initiated a discussion regarding the intentions of the original submitter.  You can be the judge, or just ignore it.


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