Getting Started with LightSwitch in Visual Studio 2012

Awesome! This morning we released Visual Studio 2012 which has a ton of new LightSwitch enhancements like the ability to access data from any OData source as well as create OData services, a new theme, and a whole lot more. For a good rollup of content to get you up to speed on all our new features see my post:

New Features Explained – LightSwitch in Visual Studio 2012

Also now that LightSwitch is a core part of the Visual Studio product line, we wanted to also align the LightSwitch and Visual Studio web sites including a new integrated Developer Center and User Voice sites. The Developer Center is still your one-stop-shop for learning all about Visual Studio and building business applications with LightSwitch. From here you can explore LightSwitch Architecture, watch the How Do I videos, build and install extensions, download samples and a whole lot more.

LightSwitch on the Visual Studio Developer Center —> http://msdn.com/lightswitch

I’ve also been busy preparing some special treats for you to help you get started learning all about LightSwitch development. If you’re completely new to LightSwitch or even software development itself, get started with this beginning LightSwitch article series and samples.

Get Started Building LightSwitch Apps with Visual Studio 2012

Also if you want a super-quick way to get an application started, check out the LightSwitch starter kits for Visual Studio 2012. There’s currently six available for you to choose from and are full working applications you can use.

New LightSwitch Starter Kits for Visual Studio 2012

You can also use these right from within Visual Studio 2012. File –> New Project then select the “Online” node. Under Templates –> Other, select LightSwitch and you will see all of them listed there.

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More on the way!

I’ll be releasing more How Do I videos in the coming weeks and some of the team members have planned on some great content to roll out on the LightSwitch Team blog very soon so stay tuned for a whole lot more. Thanks to everyone in this amazing LightSwitch developer community who helped make LightSwitch in Visual Studio 2012 the very best it could be!

Enjoy!