LightSwitch in Action
Dan Beall and Greg Lutz

ISBN: 9781617291234

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Table of Contents     Resources
  1. Introducing LightSwitch - AVAILABLE (PDF)
  2. It's All About the Data Model - AVAILABLE
  3. Desktop Screens - AVAILABLE
  4. Configuring and Using the Desktop Client - AVAILABLE
  5. Building Mobile Interfaces - AVAILABLE
  6. Publishing - AVAILABLE

  7. Working with OData - AVAILABLE
  8. Customizing Data Models - AVAILABLE
  9. Making Screens More Useful - AVAILABLE

10. Creating Custom Controls
11. Creating Extensions
12. Advanced Theme Customization


Just because you can hard-code every button and behavior of an application doesn't mean that you should have to. LightSwitch is a high-productivity tool built into Microsoft Visual Studio that makes it dead simple to spin up a basic data-driven line of business application. That means you can skip the busy work and concentrate on delivering apps that your customers will love. LightSwitch creates interfaces designed specifically for desktop use and interfaces designed for mobile use. Both interfaces can easily be created from one project, so you don't have to worry about coding yourself into a desktop-only corner, and it's a super-speedy way to make work of those little ad hoc apps that can suck up so much dev time.

LightSwitch in Action is a easy-to-read tutorial that shows you how to use LightSwitch to build production-quality business apps with minimal coding and configuration. The book presents LightSwitch in three stages. First you'll learn what everybody needs to know to create a basic data-driven application. Then, you'll learn how to create custom applications. Finally, you'll explore how LightSwitch can be a fantastic productivity enhancer for professional software development.

This classroom-in-a-book mixes the "big picture" of line-of-business software development with a running hands-on tutorial. LightSwitch is particularly well-suited for business users who want to create their own applications quickly with minimal code. LightSwitch in Action is co-written by a business manager and a professional developer so there's just enough introductory content to get a tech savvy user started without putting the developer to sleep.


If you've never built an application before, this book will show you how to get started with minimal code, and it will give you a road map for where you need to go next. If you're a pro, you'll appreciate the tips on how to use LightSwitch to create fast prototypes and consistent shells so you can concentrate on the real business problems you're trying to solve.


Dan Beall is a Product Marketing Manager and technical evangelist for a productivity tools vendor and a prolific writer, presenter, and speaker. Greg Lutz is a product manager representing XAML-based developer tools for Silverlight, WPF, WinRT and Windows Phone.