Application Development: Microsoft LightSwitch: 15 Reasons Non-Programmers Should Try It Out
Microsoft LightSwitch: 15 Reasons Non-Programmers Should Try It Out
by Darryl K. Taft
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#.
Easy to Add Data
Add a Data Sourcechoose 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.
Developers can design an entity model for local data, using business friendly data types such as EmailAddress and PhoneNumber.
Shortcuts to Productivity
Using LightSwitch, non-programmers can create screens for your data quickly with common shortcuts on the action bar.
Easy-to-Use and Choose Templates
Developers can choose from common screen templates, and match the screen to the appropriate data source.
An example of an Edit screen layout using a tree control.
Familiar Look and Feel
LightSwitch applications use a familiar, professional look and feelnavigation to the left, data views on the right.
Screens automatically create input field for the entity model they are matched to.
No Code Necessary
Business data types enable additional validation and functionality with no code necessary.
Export to Microsoft Excel is included in all LightSwitch applicationswith no coding necessary.
Look-up dialogs for known entity types provided automatically.
Simplified SharePoint Integration
Easily pull data from SharePoint lists, and relate the list data to other entities in your application, without writing any code.
LightSwitch enables non-programmers to develop professional, quality business applications such as this example easily.
With LightSwitch, customizable templates enable new and creative user experiences.
Multidevice Support, Including Support for Multitouch and Touch-Screen Devices
LightSwitch features support for many devicesincluding touch-screen supportis built in.