MSDN Flash - April 4, 2011 - Volume 15, Number 6

April 04, 2011 - Volume 15, Number 6
Editorial

Ken Casada

Dear readers,

In mid-March Microsoft announced the availability of the Beta 2 of Visual Studio LightSwitch - a tool for developing data centric Silverlight based business applications for the desktop and the cloud.
 
As a Rapid Application Tool, LightSwitch can dramatically decrease the time it takes to build a custom application by automatically handling routine code and letting developers focus on the custom logic that makes applications unique.

Applications created with LightSwitch can be attached to existing data sources including Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft SQL Azure, SharePoint and other third party data sources. And thanks to a flexible extensibility mechanism, you can use custom controls or themes and completely change the look and feel of your application.

In order to start leveraging Visual Studio LightSwitch Beta 2, developers will first need to upgrade to Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 (SP1) RTM (Beta 1 needs to be uninstalled). The Beta 2 release includes performance update, improved publishing to Windows Azure and SQL Azure and comes with a GoLive license, which means you can now start using LightSwitch for production projects. Short note: Beta 1 projects will not work anymore in LightSwitch Beta 2; but don’t worry, this will not occur again between Beta 2 and the final version.

Some links you may find useful:
» Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch Beta 2 Download
» LightSwitch MSDN page
» Visual Studio LightSwitch Training Kit Beta 2
» Visual Studio LightSwitch Team Blog
» Visual Studio LightSwitch Forums

 

Have fun with LightSwitch!

Ken Casada
Developer Evangelist, Microsoft Switzerland GmbH


 
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