Microsoft today made available for download Beta 2 of its Visual Studio LightSwitch tool.
LightSwitch, codenamed "KittyHawk," is a rapid-application-development (RAD) tool targeted at fledgling coders interested in building business applications. Company officials have said the final version of LightSwitch will be released in calendar 2011.
Microsoft's positioning LightSwitch as a way to build business apps for the desktop, the Web and the cloud. It's a tool that relies on pre-built templates to make building apps 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
Beta 2 comes with a "Go Live" license which means you can now start using LightSwitch for production projects! -- and supports: German, in addition to English, with Japanese support also coming at some point in the future. It also allows professional developers to use VS Professional (or higher) to create app extensions, which Microsoft describes as reusable components such as themes, screen templates, shells, data sources, business types and controls.
The final version of LightSwitch will be available in the same 10 languages that Visual Studio is available in: English, Traditional and Simplified Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Spanish.
In additon, also done some major updates to the LightSwitch Developer Center with How Do I videos based on Beta 2 as well as a new and improved Learning Center and Beta 2 samples to get you up to speed fast, whether you're a beginner or advanced developer. Microsoft will be rolling out more in-depth content and training in the coming weeks so keep checking back.
Installation Notes: VS 2010 Express, Professional, Premium, Test Professional or Ultimate users must install Visual Studio 2010 SP1 before installing VS LightSwitch Beta 2. VS LightSwitch Beta 1 users should uninstall Beta 1 before installing Beta 2. Also see Beta 2 readme for late breaking issues. These're known incompatible releases with LightSwitch Beta 2 (see links for details on compatibility and workarounds):
- Visual Studio Async CTP - known compatibility details(see *Async CTP Issues with VS2010 SP1* announcement)
- Windows SDK 7.1 - known compatibility details
- Help Viewer Power Tool – known compatibility details