Features and Benefits of Visual Studio LightSwitch

In this article you will see the features and benefits of Visual Studio LightSWitch.


Introduction

Visual Studio LightSwitch is Microsoft's flexible development tool used for building business applications. Visual Studio LightSwitch is a new member of the Visual Studio family. It is a stand alone application. According to Microsoft, Visual Studio LightSwitch is "the simplest way to create business applications for the desktop or the cloud". Visual Studio LightSwitch is a rapid application development (RAD) tool which is used to help write data-centric line of business (LOB) applications. 

Feature Of LightSwitch

There are many features of LightSwitch. Visual Studio LightSwitch supports Windows Azure, SQL Azure, automatic data input validation etc. You can use the Visual Basic or Visual C# language in your LightSwitch application. The feature table of Lightswitch is shown below.

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Benefits Of LightSwitch

There are many benefits of LightSwitch. The main benefits of LightSwitch are as follows:

  • Simplify development
  • Build a better application faster
  • Customize using extensions
  • Quickly add user-friendly features
  • Speed Deployment and Updates
  • Create a custom application for the way you do business
  • Build business applications like they were created by a professional designer
  • Easily add powerful authentication features
  • Evolve your application as business needs change

Simplify development

The nonrational Visual Studio LightSwitch 2011 development environment simplifies the development implementation and provides assistance when you need it. Lightswitch allows users to create applications with a modern multi-tier design that support both cloud and desktop clients, but with less coding, though you can add Visual Basic or C# code.

Build a better application faster

Visual Studio LightSwitch 2011 includes many screens for the most common types of business applications. It also contains predefined data types like date, datetime, phone numbers and e-mail addresses etc.

Customize using extensions

Using custom extensions like Picture and Text layout extensions you can present your data on screen. Custom extensions like  Money and Phone Number are also included in LightSwitch. Using the custom extensions you can change the appearance and behavior of your application.

Quickly add user-friendly features

Visual Studio LightSwitch 2011 have a user friendly feature i.e. export data to Ms-Office Excel for easy sharing and reporting. You can also create a table in Lightswitch from from SQL Server.

Speed Deployment and Updates

Using Visual Studio LightSwitch 2011, you can create one application that can be deployed to desktop clients and web clients. You can choose the best deployment method for deploy the LightSwitch application.

Create a custom application for the way you do business

Using Visual Studio LightSwitch you can create custom business application. In the Visual Studio LightSwitch you can apply custom validation or custom rules.

Build business applications like they were created by a professional designer

Visual Studio LightSwitch 2011 comes with an extensible set of pre-built Application Shells that can give your application the familiar feel of popular Microsoft software.

Easily add powerful authentication features

Visual Studio LightSwitch has an authentication feature. This feature is the most powerful feature of LightSwitch. The Authentication feature provides security to your LightSwitch application. In the Visual Studio LightSwitch you can generate many users with their authorization. Using the authentication feature of LightSwitch you can set user roles and permissions.

Evolve your application as business needs change

The pre-built screens and components in Visual Studio LightSwitch are fully extensible, so using additional features for your application is fast and easy.

Summary

So Visual Studio LightSwitch has many features and benefits. Visual Studio LightSwitch is used to build business applications.