Thursday, March 14, 2013

Visual Studio LightSwitch: maybe it’s time to give it a second chance

A few weeks ago I went to a presentation about LightSwitch at our local user group. The presentation was great but I wasn’t convinced that LightSwitch was the right tool for me…

There were some features still missing that I think are critical before I want to use it for my projects. Somehow Microsoft was able to read my mind because with the announcement of Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 CTP 4,  they released an updated preview of the LightSwitch HTML Client containing almost every feature I was looking for.

Lightswitch

What’s new?

  • New UI primitives such as command bars, popups, and reusable dialogs.
  • Responsive User Interface to adapt gracefully to different form factors.
  • Deploy your application as a provider-hosted app in addition to auto-hosting.
  • Deploy your app to Sharepoint 2013 on premise(in addition to being able to run your app in Office 365)
  • Localize your app into multiple languages.
  • NuGet Package integration.
  • And many more…

The official announcement and more details here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/lightswitch/archive/2013/03/04/announcing-a-new-preview-of-the-lightswitch-html-client.aspx

You can download the CTP here: Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 CTP 4

And check out the following tutorials to get started:

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