According to the Microsoft's LightSwitch Web page, the Redmond company would be launching the final version of its Visual Studio LightSwitch 2011 tool for cloud and desktop development on July 26.
"Visual Studio LightSwitch, codenamed "KittyHawk," is a rapid-application-development (RAD) tool targeted at fledgling coders interested in building business applications."
Microsoft is positioning LightSwitch as a way to build business applications for the desktop, the Web and the cloud. It's a tool that relies on pre-built templates to make building applications easier for non-professional programmers. It's so easy, it's like flipping a switch, the Softies have said when explaining the choice of final name for the product.
"As of Beta 2, Microsoft added to LightSwitch capabilities for building line-of-business (LOB) applications that target Windows Azure and SQL Azure. The second beta also enabled professional developers to use Visual Studio Professional (or higher) to create application extensions, which Microsoft describes as reusable components such as themes, screen templates, shells, data sources, business types and controls."
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[Via: Justin Anderson's Blog]