Earlier this month, we released Beta 2 for Visual Studio LightSwitch. This tool can be used as a standalone development tool or as a companion to Visual Studio or higher. You can download the Beta 2 of LightSwitch from here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=CFF6C4EF-A29A-4C82-9A59-8A3BBB65EC3D

To support the general availability of Visual Studio LightSwitch Beta 2, we also released the Beta 2 version of the LightSwitch Training Kit. The Training Kit contains demos and labs to help you learn to use and extend LightSwitch. The introductory materials walk you through the Visual Studio LightSwitch product. By following the hands-on labs, you'll build an application to inventory a library of books. The more advanced materials will show you how developers can extend LightSwitch to make components available to the LightSwitch developer. In the advanced demo, you will build a LightSwitch application and then extend it using a custom control in order to sell items through eBay. In the advanced hands-on labs, you will build and package an extension that can be reused by the Visual Studio LightSwitch end user.

The Training Kit includes the following content:

  • LightSwitch Overview
    • Demo: Introducing Visual Studio LightSwitch
    • Hands-on-lab: Simple Book Store Application
    • Hands-on-lab: Enhancing the Book Store Application
  • LightSwitch Advanced Features
    • Demo: Building Your First LightSwitch Application
    • Hands-on-lab: LightSwitch Control Extensions
    • Hands-on-lab: LightSwitch Data Source Extensions

All content has been tested to work with Visual Studio 2010 SP1. The setup scripts for all hands-on labs and demo scripts have also been updated so that the content can easily be used on a machine running Windows 7 SP1.

You can download the Beta 2 release of the LightSwitch Training Kit from here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=ac1d8eb5-ac8e-45d5-b1e3-efb8e4e3ebd1&displaylang=en

Excelsior!

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