Microsoft LightSwitch

Today Microsoft announced a new product in the Visual Studio line. This product is called LightSwitch. This product allows one to develop very useful business application with a minimal amount of hands-on coding.

I have had the opportunity to watch this product evolve over the past 3 years. However, non-disclosure prevented me from sharing the product. Now I can talk.

This is a very exciting piece of software. I truly believe that this product will impact the developer environment in a way Visual Basic did back in the mid 1990’s. It can be used to create very nice applications, both from a UI and background code perspective. It supports both VB and C# as the background language. End-user domain experts will be able to create applications with a minimum amount of training.

I view this as providing end users with tools similar to the original Visual Basic and/or Access. However, unlike these earlier tools, LightSwitch is built on the .NET Framework with all of its power.

The beta will be released on August 23. I plan to start creating tutorials for this product and share them with you. Hopefully you’ll find this new tool very valuable.

bill b



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