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Beth Massi is a Senior Program Manager on the Visual Studio team at Microsoft and a community champion for business application developers. Learn more about Beth.
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Last year I started posting a rollup of interesting community happenings, content, samples and extensions popping up around Visual Studio LightSwitch. If you missed those rollups you can check them all out here: LightSwitch Community & Content Rollups.
The big news in August was we finally released Visual Studio 2012 to the public on August 15! LightSwitch includes a variety of improvements in Visual Studio 2012, such as such as a new theme, the ability to access data from any OData source as well as create OData services, Active Directory integration, new business types, and a whole lot more. We are also working on support for HTML clients, which will be available as an add-on to VS2012. For more details on all the major new features in Visual Studio see Jason’s blog: Visual Studio 2012 and .NET Framework 4.5 released to the web!
DOWNLOAD: Visual Studio 2012
Now that LightSwitch is a core part of the Visual Studio 2012 product line, Visual Studio now provides a comprehensive solution for developers of all skill levels to build line-of-business applications and data services quickly and easily for the desktop and cloud. For more information on Visual Studio 2012, head to http://microsoft.com/vstudio
With this product integration, we have also aligned the LightSwitch and Visual Studio web sites including a new integrated Developer Center and User Voice sites. Your URLs remain the same and will redirect to the new locations. The Developer Center is still your one-stop-shop for learning all about Visual Studio and building business applications with LightSwitch.
LightSwitch on the Visual Studio Developer Center: http://msdn.com/lightswitch
There are a ton of goodies that we’ve been releasing on the Developer Center, including a new series of “How Do I” videos on how to use the new LightSwitch features in Visual Studio 2012. Last week we released three new videos that you can check out on the “How Do I” video page.
Starter Kits are project templates that help get you started building specific LightSwitch applications. You can download them right from the within Visual Studio and once installed they show up in your “New Project” dialog. Using the Starter Kits can help you learn about LightSwitch as well as get you started off right with a basic data model, queries and screens that you can customize further. (See this video on how to install them.) There are six Starter Kits available in both Visual Basic and C#.
See all LightSwitch Starter Kits here.
Back in December I created a sample and series of articles that took a beginner through developing a simple business application. The articles are aimed at the beginner programmer but should also be interesting to anyone just getting started with LightSwitch. In August I updated this series for Visual Studio 2012:
Are you completely new to LightSwitch and software development? Get started building an Address Book application with this Beginning LightSwitch Series.
Andy also updated his super popular LightSwitch Team blog series on building the Course Manager sample using Visual Studio 2012. This is a great intermediate set of articles that walk through many aspects of building a professional quality business application using LightSwitch in Visual Studio 2012.
LightSwitch Course Manager End-to-End Application (Visual Studio 2012)
Extensions (see over 100 of them here!):
Samples (see all 89 of them here):
Become a fan of Visual Studio LightSwitch on Facebook. Have fun and interact with us on our wall. Check out the cool stories and resources. Here are some other places you can find the LightSwitch team:
LightSwitch MSDN Forums LightSwitch Developer Center LightSwitch Team Blog LightSwitch on Twitter (@VSLightSwitch, #VS2012 #LightSwitch)