Beginning Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch Development Paperback – Aug 2 2011
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Accelerate and simplify application development with Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch
As Microsoft's newest offering for speeding up and simplifying the process of application development, LightSwitch allows you to create applications without writing a single line of code. This full-color book presents you with a thorough introduction to LightSwitch, and then demonstrates how to use it to quickly create applications. As you become familiar with the various technologies that exist behind a LightSwitch application, you'll acquire a better understanding of how the process works. In addition, sample programs help drive home the material covered in each chapter, while a guided tour of the creation of a small business application using LightSwitch serves to demonstrate the capabilities of this amazing tool.
Beginning Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch Development:
Details how to customize LightSwitch applications
Escorts you through a LightSwitch application development life cycle
Examines ways to work with simple data screens
Shares techniques for working with master-detail data screens
Walks you through using methods, buttons, and command bars
Drills down essential information about authentication and access control
Addresses Microsoft Office integration
Wrox Beginning guides are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think, providing a structured, tutorial format that will guide you through all the techniques involved.
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About the Author
István Novák is an associate at SoftwArt Ltd., a small Hungarian IT consulting company, where he works as a technology leader, software architect, and community evangelist. He has participated in more than 50 enterprise software development projects. After the release of Visual Studio .NET (Visual Studio 2002), he coauthored the first Hungarian book about .NET development.
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So I've been doing a "teach yourself" doing all the lightswitch tutorials, but there was just often glaring gaps in my knowledge, not being a programmer at all.
This book was the answer for me.
In two days (I worked through it non stop for the past two days) I've learnt all the most important things I needed to know, to finally get done what I needed to get done.
The book starts right at the beginning, makes you understand the basic concepts of how to design a programme, and then systematically goes from very simple, to relatively complex stuff, but always at a level which one can follow, with detailed examples of code AND (very important for people like me) explanations of what that code actually does. But if, like me, you are not a programmer, don't get frightened by the use of the word "code." You can do a lot of stuff with Lightswitch without every touching code, and when you write code, it's literally a few lines here and there. Most of what you do is point and click and drag. And the author takes you very carefully, step by step. You are never suddenly left with a "where did that come from?" feeling that often happens when reading books written by programmers who had forgotten what I haven't learnt (and don't really have time to learn).
Every few pages there is a "How does this work" section, which describes what is happening behind the scenes, and where there is code involved, describes what the code is doing, and where, in very straight forward English, not programmeese.
I think Lightswitch is going to become an application that more and more business users will begin to use. After this book, it is clear to me that Lightswitch is much faster, and much easier than Access, once you know where to look, and literally in two days, you can learn enough to build some pretty serious applications.
If you're spending a considerable amount of time searching for answers in MSDN and in the related blogs. Do yourself a favour and buy this book.
Note for Kindle users:
If you read it on the kindle, and you are not a programmer, the code lines don't always break in the right places, and the colour coding is obviously only in greyscale (unless you have the kindle Fire, I suppose - I'm still a 1st generation kindler). It only occurred to me about halfway through to download kindle for my PC, and that made it much, much easier. You can easily copy your notes and highlight file across from the kindle to the pc or vice versa, if you prefer not to use whispersync. I recommend reading it on a large colour screen.
The beginning chapters spend too time (IMHO, of course) on an overview of subjects such as LOB (Line-Of-Business), prototypes, wireframing, RAD (Rapid Application Development) and other things I thought unnecessary in this book.
That being said, if you want most of the tutorial information in one place, and in a fairly well organized and written book, then maybe this book is for you.
I gave it 3 stars (instead of 4) partly to offset what I thought were overly glowing reviews that sucked me into buying it in the first place.
>>Update: After using this book for awhile, I have upgraded by review to 4 stars. Even though it is a beginning to medium book, it has given me some valuable insights into LightSwitch that I would have had a hard time finding otherwise.
Side Note: I bought the PDF directly from Wrox; Although I love my Kindle DX, it is not suitable for reading this type of book as the illustrations are too faint to read. This was not a factor in my review of this book.
This book takes you through both the LightSwitch interface and elements of the VS interface, and thoroughly covers the boundaries of LightSwitch RAD development. Database connectivity is always of great interest to me, and I thought the book was particularly strong in this section.
Color is used well throughout the book both in charts, figures, and code examples.
Sample applications are worked through to give you hands on experience as you move through the book. This is the type of book that always should accompany a programming IDE, but never does anymore.