Beginning LightSwitch: Getting Started

Beginning LightSwitch: Getting Started

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UPDATE 10/17/2013: This post was updated to include the latest LightSwitch version in Visual Studio 2013 and HTML Client.
UPDATE 8/12/2012: This post was updated to include LightSwitch in Visual Studio 2012.

There’s a ton of information out there on building LightSwitch applications, especially on the LightSwitch section of the Visual Studio Developer Center but here I want to pull together a cohesive set of entry-level articles that focus on the most important concepts you need to learn in order to build any LightSwitch application. By the way, if you aren’t familiar with what LightSwitch is and what it can do I encourage you to visit our page: Understanding LightSwitch

Depending on the version of Visual Studio you have, select the appropriate article series to get started:

LightSwitch in Visual Studio 2013 – HTML Client

LightSwitch in Visual Studio 2012 – Desktop Client

Visual Studio LightSwitch 2011 (or LightSwitch in Visual Studio 2010)

More Getting Started Resources

Creating Your First LightSwitch Application
This is a step-by-step walkthrough that shows you how to quickly build a simple contact manager. It should take you 5 to 10 minutes to complete the application so it’s a great place to start.

Beginning HTML5: “Signed-In” article series
This is a great introduction to the HTML5 client in LightSwitch that builds a simple sign-in sheet application.

Beginning SharePoint & Office 365: Creating a cloud business app with a social newsfeed
This tutorial shows you how to integrate LightSwitch in Visual Studio 2013 apps with Office 365 services.

Watch the LightSwitch How Do I Videos
Learn the techniques to build great LightSwitch apps with these step-by-step video lessons.

Get Started with the LightSwitch Starter Kits
If you want a super-quick way to get an application started, check out the starter kits. There’s currently six available for you to choose from and are full working applications you can use.


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  • any news about Lightsitch Version 2

  • this sounds like a great series ... looking forward to it

  • It sounds great. And I want to learn more about it.

  • I loved this article on starting with LightSwitch I even started the download on a standard Windows 7 Pc and looked forward to writing my first lighSwitch application but as usual nothing is that simple with Microsoft Applications. The install did not work something about components missing and it just stopped. Time to give up and enjoy Christmas.

  • Try uninstalling SQL Server Compact Edition 3.0 and the restarting the install.  

    That worked for me.  Merry Christmas!

  • Hi Ron,

    Sorry you're having install trouble. There are a lot of folks in the forums that can help troubleshoot:



  • Great series!

  • Hi How to bind Lightswitch custom controls with sql server 2008 R2? any one can plz help me..

  • Hi, Lightswitch needs it's own certifcation. It's going to take over the IT world it's so easy to use.. :-_)


  • I don't know what a programmer should do after lightswitch

  • Very Great series !

  • so kind and so good tutorials. thanks! :)

  • Hi,

    In Visual Studio 2013 - I am attempting to run Lightswitch but get the following error - I have downloaded the latest Lightswitch Toolkit upgrade and VS SDL - the following is the error

    ...cannot be opened becasue its project type (ISXPROJ) is not supported

  • @MARK - you shouldn't have to download the toolkit to create LightSwitch projects, you only need it to create extensions. Sounds like a bad install. Can you please post the details in the forums? We will be able to troubleshoot better there.

  • excellent article,more than that,it was very informative ...Thank you  Beth Massi..

    You're My GURU for Light Switch...

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