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Developing Real-world Applications with LightSwitch: E-book


Developing Real-world Applications with LightSwitch

Author: Gill Cleeren.
Editor: SilverlightShow Team

Price: $2.99     Add to Cart

Word, PDF, MOBI, EPUB. All source code added to the downloadable package.
Number of pages: 104
Release date: October 2011


This e-book is based on SilverlightShow 8-part article series 'Developing Real-world Applications with LightSwitch’. 

From the author:

In 2010, Microsoft announced LightSwitch, a product aimed at developing Line-of-Business applications with ease. In July 2011, the beta tag was finally removed from the product as Microsoft officially introduced Visual Studio LightSwitch 2011 as a new member of the Visual Studio family. Many however are still unsure about the product. Questions crossing a lot of minds include “Is it something for me?”, “What can I do with it?”, “Where should I use it?”, “Is it more than Microsoft Access?”, “Am I limited to what’s in the box?” and quite a few more.

For this reason, I have decided that a few articles should be in place to give you a clear understanding of LightSwitch. I won’t be saying that you should LightSwitch for this or that. Using a sample application we will build throughout the series, I will try giving you an overview of how we can use it to build a real-world application. By reading these articles, I hope you’ll be able to make up your mind whether or not LightSwitch is something for you.

More specifically, I plan the following topics to be tackled along the way:

  • What is LightSwitch and where I see it being useful
  • The concepts of a LightSwitch application
  • Data in more detail
  • Screens in more detail
  • Queries in more detail
  • Writing business logic and validation
  • Managing security in a LightSwitch application
  • Deploying a LightSwitch application
  • Extensions - what and how
  • Using custom Silverlight controls in LightSwitch
  • Adapting the LightSwitch UI to your needs
  • Using RIA Services


About the author:

Gill Cleeren is Microsoft Regional Director (www.theregion.com), Silverlight MVP (former ASP.NET MVP), INETA speaker bureau member and Silverlight Insider. He lives in Belgium where he works as .NET architect at Ordina. Passionate about .NET, he’s always playing with the newest bits. In his role as Regional Director, Gill has given many sessions, webcasts and trainings on new as well as existing technologies, such as Silverlight, ASP.NET and WPF at conferences including TechEd Berlin 2010, TechDays Belgium, DevDays NL, NDC Oslo Norway, SQL Server Saturday Switserland, Spring Conference UK, Silverlight Roadshow in Sweden… He’s also the author of many articles in various developer magazines and for SilverlightShow.net. He organizes the yearly Community Day event in Belgium.

He also leads Visug (www.visug.be), the largest .NET user group in Belgium. Gill recently published his first book: “Silverlight 4 Data and Services Cookbook” (Packt Publishing). You can find his blog at www.snowball.be. Gill tweets from @gillcleeren.