Application Development: Microsoft LightSwitch: 15 Reasons Non-Programmers Should Try It Out

 
 
By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2010-08-04
 
 
 

Microsoft LightSwitch: 15 Reasons Non-Programmers Should Try It Out

by Darryl K. Taft

Microsoft LightSwitch: 15 Reasons Non-Programmers Should Try It Out

LightSwitch Is Just Plain Easy

As Dave Mendlen, senior director of Developer Marketing at Microsoft, says, "Using LightSwitch is almost as simple as flipping on a light switch." LightSwitch is a standalone Visual Studio product that, via the use of templates, enables users to create apps in Visual Basic or C#.

LightSwitch Is Just Plain Easy

Easy to Add Data

Add a Data Source—choose from creating a new table for the data model, or retrieving data from SQL Server, SQL Azure, SharePoint or any data source with a Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) Rich Internet Application (RIA) Services wrapper.

Easy to Add Data

Simplified Design

Developers can design an entity model for local data, using business friendly data types such as EmailAddress and PhoneNumber.

Simplified Design

Shortcuts to Productivity

Using LightSwitch, non-programmers can create screens for your data quickly with common shortcuts on the action bar.

Shortcuts to Productivity

Easy-to-Use and Choose Templates

Developers can choose from common screen templates, and match the screen to the appropriate data source.

Easy-to-Use and Choose Templates

Easy Edits

An example of an Edit screen layout using a tree control.

Easy Edits

Familiar Look and Feel

LightSwitch applications use a familiar, professional look and feel—navigation to the left, data views on the right.

Familiar Look and Feel

Automated Input

Screens automatically create input field for the entity model they are matched to.

Automated Input

No Code Necessary

Business data types enable additional validation and functionality with no code necessary.

No Code Necessary

Easy Export

Export to Microsoft Excel is included in all LightSwitch applications—with no coding necessary.

Easy Export

Easy Lookup

Look-up dialogs for known entity types provided automatically.

Easy Lookup

Simplified SharePoint Integration

Easily pull data from SharePoint lists, and relate the list data to other entities in your application, without writing any code.

Simplified SharePoint Integration

High Quality

LightSwitch enables non-programmers to develop professional, quality business applications such as this example easily.

High Quality

Easy Customization

With LightSwitch, customizable templates enable new and creative user experiences.

Easy Customization

Multidevice Support, Including Support for Multitouch and Touch-Screen Devices

LightSwitch features support for many devices—including touch-screen support—is built in.

Multidevice Support, Including Support for Multitouch and Touch-Screen Devices

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