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Visual Studio Toolbox: LightSwitch Starter Kits

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LightSwitch is the fastest way to build database applications for the desktop and the cloud. In this episode, Robert shows you how to make developing with LightSwitch even faster with the LightSwitch Starter Kits. These Starter Kits cover common business needs like expense reporting and issue tracking. All you need to do is download and install one of the kits and then create a new LightSwitch project based on it. LightSwitch creates data tables and screens and writes some basic code for you. You can press F5 and run or customize the application to meet your needs. And because you built it with LightSwitch, the application is well architected and scalable.


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  • Wow!  Very impressive product and demo.  Thanks for informing me about what LightSwithch is.

    Of course, now I wonder whether the starter kits include unit tests, logging, and performance analysis code?

    Also, since the starter kits appear to be so well designed to provide a robust code framework, do they also include a documentation starter component?

    Look, you can't just build me a tool without me wondering if it can't even be better.

    I love what you are doing and want to congratulate you all on a really outstanding start on making software development easier and faster (and probably more maintainable).

    Mike Lane

  • CalinCalin

    Welcome to the Access applications,

    remember this for when they will start to haunt you

  • @Calin:LightSwitch apps are easy to build and easy to deploy locally. The same is true of a number of other tools, including Access and Excel. One key way LightSwitch differs from other easy to use tools is that the apps are ready to be deployed to IIS and Azure. If I build an expense reporting app in LightSwitch for my team and then the entire company wants to use it, I can deploy it company wide without having to rewrite anything. All I have to do is make sure the IIS server is ready for LightSwitch and then run the Publish Wizard. Bingo. I think that does a good job of addressing that source of "haunting".


  • PerfectPhasePerfectPhase "This is not war, this is pest control!" - Dalek to Cyberman

    What's that in the bottom right corner of VS at 4:35?

  • @PerfectPhase:That is the PerfWatson extension. We covered that a few episodes ago. It monitors VS for UI unresponsiveness and reports back to the product team.


  • Abdul BasitAbdul Basit

    It is really appreciating to have knowledge from me. Thanks for wonderful experience of learning.

    Hoping and expecting more! :)

    thanks again


  • Can these starter kits be used in an application made for profit? I assume you can if you can use them in your company.


  • VenkatVenkat

    Can we have web applicaiton created with LightSwitch?

  • @Venkat:Thanks for the suggestion. I will pass that on to the product team.


  • @spage7:Yes.


  • AhadAhad What can't brown do for you?

    This is a pretty great overview video tutorial of working with LightSwitch starter kits.

    Thanks for a great demo!

    -Ahad L. Amdani

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