Getting Started with LightSwitch in Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 CTP4

UPDATE 4/4/2013: We have released the HTML Client! Please see this post for updated information & resources: LightSwitch HTML Client & SharePoint Resources–Get Started Building HTML5 Business Apps Today!


Today CTP4 of Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 released which now also includes the LightSwitch HTML Client Preview! Take a look at John’s announcement on the team blog for release details and what’s new.

Announcing a New Preview of the LightSwitch HTML Client

The new HTML5 and JavaScript-based client addresses the increasing need to build touch-oriented business applications that run well on modern mobile devices. The preview also supports publishing these apps to SharePoint 2013 & Office 365, so you can also build SharePoint 2013 apps with LightSwitch.

Here’s how to get started:

1- Uninstall Preview 2

If you installed the previous HTML Client Preview 2 then you’ll need to uninstall it before you install CTP4. You’ll also need to make some changes to your Preview 2 projects in order to upgrade them properly to CTP4. Please read:

Important! Upgrading from Preview 2 to CTP 4

2- Download & Install Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 CTP4

The LightSwitch HTML Client Preview is now included in the Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 CTP4. For a full list of new features & bug fixes contained in the CTP4 please read this KB Article.

Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 CTP 4


3- Work Through the Updated Tutorials

We updated our tutorials with a lot of the new goodies in this release. Even if you’ve gone through these before, check out the updated walkthroughs to give you a good feel for the new capabilities and changes.

4- Ask Questions and Give Feedback in the Forum

The team is listening! Head on over to the HTML Client Preview forum for troubleshooting, questions and discussions – the team is there to help.

5 – Explore More Resources

Check out the HTML Client Resources page on the Developer Center which has links to the download, important documentation and other resources. Point folks here to get everything they need!

Stay tuned to the LightSwitch Team Blog for more detailed posts rolling out over the next several weeks that dig into all the awesome new capabilities! We are truly excited to get this preview into your hands, please let us know what you think!