Microsoft delivers Beta 2 of LightSwitch business-app development tool

Microsoft delivers Beta 2 of LightSwitch business-app development tool

Summary: Microsoft is making available for download Beta 2 of its Visual Studio LightSwitch tool, starting March 15.

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Microsoft is making available for download Beta 2 of its Visual Studio LightSwitch tool, starting March 15.

LightSwitch, codenamed "KittyHawk," is a rapid-application-development (RAD) tool targeted at fledgling coders interested in building business applications. Microsoft released the first public beta of LightSwitch in August 2010. Company officials have said the final version of LightSwitch will be released in calendar 2011, but continue to decline to provide a more specific ship target.

MSDN subscribers will be able to download LightSwitch Beta 2 starting today. The general public will be able to download the new beta on March 17 from http://www.microsoft.com/lightswitch.

What's new in Beta 2? As Microsoft officials indicated last week, there are new capabilities for building line-of-business (LOB) applications that target Windows Azure and SQL Azure. Beta 2 now supports German, in addition to English, with Japanese support also coming at some point in the future. The new beta also allows professional developers to use Visual Studio Professional (or higher) to create application extensions, which Microsoft describes as reusable components such as themes, screen templates, shells, data sources, business types and controls.

What's not in Beta 2? When I wrote about Beta 1 last year, Microsoft execs said they were considering adding Access support to the tool in time for Beta 2. That has not happened and there is no further information as to when/if Access support is coming. There's also a plan to add support for Windows Phone to LightSwitch, but that won't be happening with the first release of the LightSwitch tool.

Microsoft is positioning LightSwitch as a way to build business applications for the desktop, the Web and the cloud. It’s a tool that relies on pre-built templates to make building applications easier for non-professional programmers. It’s so easy, it’s like flipping a switch, the Softies have said when explaining the choice of final name for the product

The final version of LightSwitch  will be available in the same 10 languages that Visual Studio is available in: English, Traditional and Simplified Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Spanish.

Topics: Software Development, CXO, Microsoft

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  • RE: Microsoft delivers Beta 2 of LightSwitch business-app development tool

    "pre-built templates to make building applications easier for non-professional programmers"
    tatiGmail
  • RE: Microsoft delivers Beta 2 of LightSwitch business-app development tool

    I've played around with the first beta. It's great for apps that are simple views on top of database tables. I could definitely see a non-programmer using it to create utility applications.
    spivonious
  • RE: Microsoft delivers Beta 2 of LightSwitch business-app development tool

    It may be useful to programmers if it is easy to customize and extend. You start with the tool to build some basic screens and database access and then you extend it...
    prof123
  • Not for amateurs!

    Based on what I've seen, I disagree that this targets non-professional developers. Pros who don't want to reinvent the wheel with every project/client need a rapid development stack for enterprise apps that allow for full customization as desired. Whether LightSwitch hits the mark now or later is something I'm waiting to see. Also, LightSwitch enforces a strict data-as-a-service design principle, which is a first for Visual Studio and is what has me most intrigued.
    scH4MMER
    • RE: Microsoft delivers Beta 2 of LightSwitch business-app development tool

      @scH4MMER I agree. I've played around with Beta 1 and, while it provides and easier entry into data-driven C# or VB .Net development, you really need to be a programmer and be able to write proper code. It helps get you up & going quicker with LoB apps. Personally I'm disappointed by the lack of Access support in Beta 2. I had also hoped that the released version would target WP7. Sadly that is apparently not to be. If MS wants apps for WP7 this would help developers a lot. To be able to target a PC, Slate or Phone form factor using the same code base would be very handy indeed.
      lloyd@...
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