Microsoft just announced their new extreme productivity tools you can add to Visual Studio 2010 to build business applications. It kind of looks like Microsoft access on steroids and produces not only web based applications, but does so in a scalable and customizable way. You can select a Desktop, browser or cloud based deployment model. It also creates applications that have integration options with e.g. Excel which is a very frequent requested feature when you build an application.
I Must say this looks very promising and it is great to see that we are going to be able to gain some more productivity building the business applications.
If you look at the key point Microsoft is promising, i think it definitely sounds great:
- Simplified Development: Visual Studio LightSwitch makes it simple for developers to quickly build polished, user-friendly custom business applications that work and look like an off-the-shelf solution, for the desktop and the cloud.
- Speed to Solution: Visual Studio LightSwitch can dramatically decrease the time it takes to build a custom application by automatically handling routine code and letting developers focus on the custom logic that makes their applications unique.
- Flexibility for Today and Tomorrow: Visual Studio LightSwitch gives developers the flexibility to build practical, scalable applications that connect with their existing applications, legacy systems and web services, letting them choose from a wide variety of hosting, deployment and3rd-party plug-in options.
If all goes well you should be able to download the beta around the end of august.
Look at http://www.microsoft.com/visualstudio/en-us/lightswitch to get more detailed info.
I know I will give it a shot as soon as I can get my hands on the bits.