How to Install LightSwitch Beta 2 - for Beginners

See how Visual Studio LightSwitch can help you quickly develop business applications that run on the desktop or the cloud.



Introduction:

Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch helps you solve specific business needs by enabling you to quickly create professional-quality business applications [CURD Applications], regardless of your development skills.

See how Visual Studio LightSwitch can help you quickly develop business applications that run on the desktop or the cloud.

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The Visual Studio LightSwitch Beta 2 was released on 17th March 2010. This article helps LightSwitch newbies to install the LightSwith Beta 2.

Download LightSwitch Beta 2:

You can find the LightSwitch Beta 2 in the Microsoft Website. You can get the LightSwitch Beta 2 in two formats.

  1. Visual Studio LightSwitch Beta 2 Web Installer - It requires internet connection to install.
  2. Visual Studio LightSwitch Beta 2 Offline Installer - This is an ISO image file and does not require an internet connection.


Preparing to Install:
  • If you have installed VS & LightSwitch Beta 1

    1. Uninstall Visual Studio LightSwitch Beta 1.
    2. Visual Studio LightSwitch VSLS server prerequisites.
     
  • If not,

    1. Install Visual Studio Service Pack 1.
    2. Install Visual Studio LightSwitch Beta 2


Training ToolKit:

You can download the LightSwitch Beta 2 Training ToolKit from here. It is very useful to learn LightSwitch. It has Sample Business Applications to refer to.

Components Installed by LightSwitch Beta 2:
  • Microsoft .Net Framework 4.0
  • Silverlight 4.0 Runtime and SDK
  • SQL Server Compact Edition and dependent libraries
  • TFS 2010 Object Model
  • Visual C++ runtime and redistributable
  • WCF RIA Services V1 SP1
  • Visual Studio LightSwitch Beta 2 and dependent packages