Thousands of light switches used to launch VS LightSwitch 2011

Microsoft’s Visual Studio LightSwitch, is a development tool that enables you to build business applications quickly without needing to be a programmer. As part of the Australian launch, Microsoft...

Microsoft’s Visual Studio LightSwitch, is a development tool that enables you to build business applications quickly without needing to be a programmer. As part of the Australian launch, Microsoft used a computer controlled lighting grid to display animations on two skyscrapers in Sydney.

The effect is pretty impressive and while technically not done using light switches, you get the correlation.

Visual Studio lets IT Pro’s connect interfaces with data sources like SharePoint or web services quickly and easily. ‘Easy’ of course a relative term, if you’ve ever installed Visual Studio and all of its dependencies before, it’s not for the faint of heart. Still if your job requires you to present data in a meaningful way and you don’t have the budget for a developer, VS LightSwitch is worth a look.

Of course if you do have developer talent at your disposal they can take your basic app and extend its functionality with code. Applications can be deployed to the desktop, the web and the cloud.

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