LightSwitch is a product/feature/capability/platform that I don't mention very often. Now that the HTML Client is available, maybe it's time I change that.
If your build CRUD, forms over data apps, this seems like it really could be a fun way to deliver, and wow your users (which is always fun...)
Haven't heard about it much yourself? Here's a post by Michael Washington that should help...
Live Demo: https://endtoendexample.lightswitchhelpwebsite.com/Client/default.htm (use your username and password from http://LightSwitchHelpWebsite.com)
In this article we will create an end-to-end HTML application in Visual Studio LightSwitch. The purpose is to demonstrate how LightSwitch allows you to create professional business applications that would take a developer days to create. With LightSwitch you can create such applications in under an hour.
You can download LightSwitch at: http://www.microsoft.com/visualstudio/en-us/lightswitch.
In this example, we will be tasked with producing an application that meets the following requirements for a order tracking system:
- Add Products
- Edit Products
- Delete Products
- Add Orders
- Edit Orders
- Add Order Details
- Edit Order Details
- Delete Order Details
- Delete Orders
- Business Rules
- Allow the current user to only see their orders
- Show the number of orders for the current user
- Allow an Administrator to see all orders
- Display the number of orders for a User
I think the most amazing thing was that the project source download "just worked". I downloaded it, unziped, loaded the Solution and F5'd. And it just worked. I love that...
Here's a snap of it running on my system...
Here's a snap of the Solution;
After reading this post and see this in action, I think I'm going to have to take a closer look at LightSwitch...