Microsoft announces the release of Visual Studio LightSwitch, a new tool that simplifies the development of line-of-business applications using templates and other shortcuts.
has released its latest development tool, Visual Studio LightSwitch, to
Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) subscribers.
put, LightSwitch is a new tool aimed at business application developers who may
not be versed in the art of programming. Microsoft says LightSwitch is the
simplest way to build business applications for the cloud and the desktop.
Users can take their LightSwitch applications to the cloud by publishing to
Windows Azure directly from the LightSwitch integrated development environment
provides a variety of prebuilt templates and tools to build business
applications that target Windows Client or Windows Azure using as much or as
little code as you want to write, said S. "Soma" Somasegar, senior
vice president of Microsoft's Developer Division, in blog
post introducing the technology
can quickly build line-of-business applications beginning with only one
decision-Visual Basic or C#," Somasegar said.
26 blog post
, Jason Zander, corporate vice president for the Visual Studio
Team at Microsoft, said LightSwitch starts with the premise that most business
applications consist of data and the screens that users interact with.
LightSwitch simplifies attaching to data with data source wizards or creating
data tables with table designers, Zander said. It also includes screen
templates for common tasks so you can create clean interfaces for your
applications without being a designer. Basic applications can be written
without a line of code. However, users can add custom code that is specific to
their business problem without having to worry about setting up classes and
LightSwitch tool better enables business domain experts to easily build
professional-quality line-of-business applications without focusing on writing
code. "This is critical because these business applications-which may be
built out of a short-term need-often need to be extended and IT supported,"
help users get better acquainted with the tool, Zander put together a video
highlights some of the
features within LightSwitch, along with sessions on how to build applications
Kits are one of the key features for users who pick up LightSwitch. The LightSwitch
help users jump-start their development with basic project
templates for common business needs. For instance, there are Starter Kits for
budget management, expense tracking, customer service, issue tracking, job
candidate tracking, performance reviews, status reports and time tracking.
addition, LightSwitch users can build forms from existing templates and
populate them with data from data sources including SQL Server, SQL Azure,
SharePoint and others, Somasegar said. There also is integrated support for
working with Microsoft Office for tasks such as exporting data to Excel without
having to write code.
minutes you can have a basic business application created and ready to deploy,
leveraging disparate data sources and Office tools," Somasegar said. "While
developing your application, you can modify the application as it runs."
LightSwitch applications are extensible, which means users can update their
application in the future with minimal disruptions. Extension points are
business data types, screen templates, data sources, themes, shells and custom
controls, Zander said.
addition to being able to create your own extensions, our launch partners-ComponentOne,
DevExpress, First Floor Software, Infragistics and RSSBus-are making a variety
of extensions available for use today," Zander added.
also creates Silverlight applications. "LightSwitch creates Silverlight
applications that can run in the browser, out of the browser or in the cloud,"
Somasegar said. "When your application grows, you can use Visual Studio
2010 Professional, Premium or Ultimate to extend and customize it further."
Visual Studio LightSwitch 2011 is available for download for MSDN
. Non-MSDN subscribers can get LightSwitch
starting July 28 or download a free