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I recently had a couple emails asking for LightSwitch books so I thought I’d create a list of the ones I know about here. I haven’t read all of them so take a look at the reviews and decide for yourself. I do, however, know many of the authors that are active in the community and they are very knowledgeable and helpful. If I missed any book you’d recommend, please add a comment below!
I’ve ordered them in the list purely by title so not to play favorites :-) However I did tech review Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch Unleashed and more recently LightSwitch Succinctly, both great reads. So here ya go!
Learn how LightSwitch can accelerate and simplify application development. This introductory, full-color book shows you how to quickly create, modify, and distribute information for your business with LightSwitch. Packed with simple example programs, this beginner-level resource guides you through a complete small business application using LightSwitch to demonstrate the capabilities of this exciting new tool.
LightSwitch is a powerful MVVM (Model - View- View Model) toolkit, that enables a professional developer the ability to achieve incredible productivity. LightSwitch custom controls, provide the professional developer, the tool to unleash the power of this incredible product. Creating Visual Studio LightSwitch Custom Controls (Beginner to Intermediate), will walk you through creating LightSwitch custom controls, even if you are a total beginner and have not created a Silverlight control before.
This book is for developers who are beginning to use Visual Studio LightSwitch. Small business houses should be able get a jump start on using LightSwitch. The book does not assume prior knowledge of Visual Studio LightSwitch but exposure to SQL Server, Silverlight, and Microsoft IDEs such as Visual Studio (any version) will be of great help.
Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch represents a breakthrough in business application development for Windows clients, the Web, and the cloud. Using this new tool, you can build powerful data-centric applications with far less code than ever before. Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch Unleashed is the first comprehensive, start-to-finish guide to this powerful new tool. Written by longtime Visual Basic expert and Microsoft MVP Alessandro Del Sole, this book covers everything Microsoft developers need to know to make the most of LightSwitch–from the absolute basics to the most advanced enterprise techniques.
Visual Studio LightSwitch is a development tool that provides the easiest and fastest way to create ‘forms over data, line of business applications’. It allows you to build applications for the desktop and the cloud. It does this by allowing you to quickly and easily define and connect to your data, program your security and business rules, and expose this via OData to practically any ‘client’ such as mobile devices and web pages. This book will show you how to publish and consume OData services. A standard order entry LightSwitch application is used to demonstrate real world scenarios where you will need to expose your application to web pages, tablets, and other mobile devices. Technologies covered include jQuery Mobile, Windows Phone, datajs and Knockout.
For serious developers building, enhancing and deploying advanced business applications using LightSwitch, Pro Visual Studio LightSwitch 2011 Development is the guide for going beyond the "click-and-you're-done" interface, while still maintaining the elegance and convenience of rapid application development.
Build custom business applications for SharePoint with Visual Studio LightSwitch—including intuitive apps that don’t require a single line of code. This example-driven guide takes non-programmers step-by-step through the process of creating simple apps and utilities, and shows programmers familiar with C# or Visual Basic how to build customized applications with more functionality.
And don’t forget, another great place for learning resources like videos, samples and more is the LightSwitch Developer Center.
Thank you so much..... my Teacher really you are Sharing the goodness
Do you have any advice on which of these books might cover the "testing" aspects of LightSwitch? I am struggling a little with the problem of how to integrate LightSwitch development into a TDD and Continuous Integration methodology. Thanks for the help and the great post!!
@Walt - LightSwitch doesn't really lend itself well to unit testing, so I can only share with you what I do.
Any code that I want to be able to unit test, I pull out into modules (static classes). Then I add a test project to the solution, & add links to those classes in the test project. Then I modify my LS entities to call the code from the modules, instead of having the code embedded in the entity itself.
That way I'm not trying to unit test LS itself, nor the entities that it creates, just testing business rules etc really. And this way I can always choose to reuse the code in another LS application as well, without having to copy/paste code all the time.
I hope that helps.
Thanks for the advice, Yann. I will give that technique a try.