LightSwitch for SharePoint–Instant UI creation with No Code…

There’s a new product out from the Microsoft developer tools team called LightSwitch – It allows you to point to multiple data sources and build relationships between those data sources which can then be represented in an automatically created UI. See http://blogs.msdn.com/b/robertgreen/archive/2011/02/01/extending-a-lightswitch-application-with-sharepoint-data.aspx

Upside: No code Business Apps are at your fingertips! Build a business app, bringing together data sources from different systems and presenting them in a single interface.

Downside: The app still needs to be written within Visual Studio, so it’s not really suitable for a business user. It should probably be in a product like SharePoint Designer (maybe as a 2011 Tool Update?), the tool of choice for the target audience that would find this useful.

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About Brad Saide

I'm a SharePoint consultant. I'm also slowly going bald, seem to have a permanent spare tyre around my waist and enjoy socialising with friends over a beer or 10. The last 2 may possibly be related. Started working with SharePoint when the first version was in limited beta release (participated in the Technology Adoption Program while at Woolworths) and have been committed to the adoption of the technology as a business enabler ever since.
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One Response to LightSwitch for SharePoint–Instant UI creation with No Code…

  1. Eric Xue says:

    Ditto here. The beta 2 of LightSwitch got released on 18th March 2011, which seems quite promising, but for the best practice, I will patiently wait for the RTM release ;P

    Thanks for sharing!

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