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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox (Aug. 2 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118021959
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118021958
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2.4 x 23.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 780 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #537,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

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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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By Andy on Feb. 11 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is good to show you how to get started. I have found LightSwitch too buggy to be really useful, which is too bad. This was a good book to use to find out if Lightswitch will work for you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great book, great product Aug. 15 2011
By wcmadness - Published on
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I was interested in learning about MS LS. I bought this book because it was the first book to market. I wasn't too thrilled by the title, thinking the content might be pretty thin, but I was completely wrong. This is a great book for learning LS. It will get you up to speed fast with a great tool. I've ordered the Unleashed book as well, but it doesn't come out for four more months. There's no reason to wait that long. This book is more than adequate to get you going quickly. I couldn't be more pleased to have discovered this book, and I feel like I have a leg up on learning an important new development tool. Thanks for the excellent book. I highly recommend it!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Finally Anyone Can Program Jan. 16 2012
By ashtonfourie - Published on
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I've been trying to get something done for about two years now, and I started off with excel, it got out of hand, moved to Access, and then in desperation whilst searching for a solution, found lightswitch beta.

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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Very "lite" LightSwitch book - but still quite useful Sept. 29 2011
By batpox - Published on
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This book was much more basic than I had envisioned. It is probably the first book out of the blocks because it really does not contain as much information as the beginner tutorials you can find on the Microsoft site.

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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Organized and thorough Sept. 9 2011
By Brent Butler - Published on
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This book is a tutorial for the LightSwitch RAD tool used under Visual Studio 2010. LightSwitch proposes to develop an application without writing code, but that would have to be a pretty simple application! LOL

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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Book, Especially for First to Market Sept. 15 2011
By RLC - Published on
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This tutorial for the Microsoft Lightswitch Rapid Application Development application is fantastic. I have been curious about Lightswitch for rapidly developing basic apps to connect to data in a SQL Server and Access environment. This book covers all of the bases very thoroughly. The book is replete with code examples, color figures, and stepwise instructions given in sufficient detail. The Lightswitch and Visual Studio interfaces are covered. It is kind of like a missing manual. It along with the Microsoft video tutorials are all I need. I have had this book a short time and am creating decent, basic front-ends for data, best of all, quickly.