26 July 2011

Visual Studio LightSwitch 2011 Released

Today, Visual Studio LightSwitch 2011 has been released for download from the MSDN Subscribers site.  General availability for download will start this Thursday, July 28th.

From Jason Zanders’ blog post:

Visual Studio LightSwitch 2011 is a simplified, self-service development tool that enables you to create business applications quickly and easily for the desktop and cloud. I first announced LightSwitch at the VS Live conference in August 2010 and have since written a few posts including detailed tutorials. For those of you unfamiliar with it, it starts with the premise that most business applications consist of data and the screens that users interact with. LightSwitch simplifies attaching to data with data source wizards or creating data tables with table designers. It also includes screen templates for common tasks so you can create clean interfaces for your applications without being a designer. Basic applications can be written without a line of code. However, you can add custom code that is specific to your business problem without having to worry about setting up classes and methods.

Read the full details on Jason’s blog here.

19 July 2011

Be Heard: UserVoice Site for Visual Studio/ALM

Recently, Brian Harry blogged about a set of two new UserVoice sites: One for Visual Studio and one for Visual Studio ALM.  However, just about as quickly as the two sites were created, they were merged – one site to rule them all!  The merged site is available here.

The intent of this site is to provide a forum where you can provide suggestions and ideas for future anything that lives within the Visual Studio brand – e.g. Visual Studio, Visual Studio ALM, Team Foundation Server, Test and Lab Management, etc.  So, if you have any ideas that you’d love to see within Visual Studio, be sure to post them and then build support for your idea by getting others to vote for it.

Keep in mind that if you need to file information regarding a bug you should continue to use Microsoft’s Connect site.

The Visual Studio UserVoice link again is: http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio