Chapter 34. Visual Studio LightSwitch

Visual Studio LightSwitch is a development tool that has been covered in depth throughout this book, but we have not yet discussed its installation requirements or how to host the developed code and make it available to the users.

In this chapter, we will:

  • Explain the Microsoft minimum requirements for running Visual Studio LightSwitch

    • Experiential recommendation for Visual Studio LightSwitch requirements

  • Walk through the client-side installation of Visual Studio LightSwitch

    • Detailed prerequisites

  • Explain the server-side implementation of Visual Studio LightSwitch code

  • Walk through an installation of Visual Studio LightSwitch server-side extensions

  • Explain changes to Visual Studio 2012 server-side requirements

Visual Studio LightSwitch Client-Side Installation

This section will walk through the end user experience for installing Visual Studio LightSwitch on a developer’s system.

Microsoft Minimum Requirements for Running Visual Studio LightSwitch

Once the decision has been made regarding a virtual or physical infrastructure, the key piece of software leveraged for developing the solutions in this book is Visual Studio LightSwitch. Installing LightSwitch is a straightforward operation; however, there are minimum system requirements from Microsoft to keep in mind:

  • Processor requirements: 1.6 GHz or higher

  • Required operating systems: Windows XP (x86) with Service Pack 3 (all editions except Starter Edition), Windows Vista (x86 & x64) with Service Pack 2 (all ...

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