Creating Your First LightSwitch Application

The best way to learn how to create an application by using Visual Studio LightSwitch is to actually create an application. The following four lessons show you how to create a contact management application.

Four Easy Steps

The contact management application interacts with a database and displays data on a screen. Capabilities include data entry, navigation, validation, search and more; all without writing a single line of code.

The following four steps describe the process.

Create a Project

The first step to create a LightSwitch application is to create a project. A project is the container for the files that make up your application. To learn how to create a project, see Step 1: Create a LightSwitch Project.

Define the Data

The second step to create an application is to define the data that your application uses. In the contact management application, you need data that represents a name, company, telephone number and email address. To learn how to define data, see Step 2: Define the Data.

Create a Screen

The next step is to create a screen that lets you view, enter, and edit your contact data. To learn how to create a screen, see Step 3: Create a Screen.

Run It!

The final step is to run your application and see how it works. To learn how to run an application, see Step 4: Run and Test the Application.



LightSwitch Development Environment

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Visual Studio LightSwitch

Provides a general introduction to LightSwitch and its capabilities.