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Hidden Visual Studio LightSwitch: Secrets from the Real World for Creating Great Apps by Alessandro Del Sole

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Chapter 2. Using LightSwitch with MySQL

Without a doubt, MySQL is one of the most popular relational database engines in the world. One of the primary reasons for its popularity is that it’s free and open source. It’s also a very efficient and powerful engine that allows for creating robust and scalable databases. A huge number of developers around the globe use MySQL, and a frequently asked question since the release of LightSwitch 2011 has been, “Can I use Visual Studio LightSwitch against MySQL databases?”

Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch 2011 and 2012 support only Microsoft SQL Server as an on-premises database engine out of the box—and, of course, other data sources different from relational database engines. However, LightSwitch accesses ...

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