The beta of Visual Studio LightSwitch was released today. Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch gives you a simpler and faster way to create professional-quality business applications for the desktop, the web, and the cloud. LightSwitch is a new addition to the Visual Studio family.
Visual Studio LightSwitch is a new development tool for building business applications. LightSwitch simplifies the development process, letting you concentrate on the business logic and doing much of the remaining work for you. By using LightSwitch, an application can be designed, built, tested, and in your user’s hands quickly.
With LightSwitch, you can build custom applications that rival off-the-shelf solutions. Get a head start by using pre-configured screen templates that give your application a familiar look and feel. LightSwitch also provides prewritten code and other reusable components to handle routine application tasks, along with helpful step-by-step guidance. However, if you need to write custom code, you can use Visual Basic .NET or C#. You can deploy to the desktop, browser, or cloud (post-Beta) to share your application with others more easily without the cumbersome installation processes.
LightSwitch provides authentication and authorization features that let you define users and roles. This prevents unauthorized access to sensitive data.
Extensibility features in LightSwitch let you change the appearance of your applications by applying themes, using custom controls, and changing the layout with shell extensions. Custom business types help reduce the code that you write.
For ISVs, LightSwitch provides way of prototyping and quickly developing custom applications that integrate with your database or Web services.
The process of creating an application resembles other development tools: connect to data, create a form and bind the data to the controls, add some validation based on business logic, and then test and deploy. The difference with LightSwitch is that each one of those steps is simplified.
Find out more at the Visual Studio LightSwitch developer center on MSDN.
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Bruce D. Kyle
ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation