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Microsoft LightswitchLightSwitch Consulting Services for Microsoft Visual Studio .NET and SQL Server Databases

FMS has created custom software solutions for the Microsoft .NET Framework since its beta release in 2001. Our .NET database solutions typically use SQL Server. With the introduction of Visual Studio LightSwitch in 2011, we have embraced this new rapid application development platform. It's quite appropriate for a subset of database applications that can be created at a fraction of the cost and complexity versus traditional .NET solutions.

Microsoft SQL Server DevelopersDirect Support for Microsoft SQL Server

LightSwitch works directly with SQL Server databases. It understands table structures, primary keys, referential integrity, one-to-many relationships, and other database architecture so that it binds directly to your table, fields, and records.

Microsoft Access and SQL AzureIt also supports databases hosted on SQL Azure, Microsoft's cloud provider.

Customization Using Visual Studio .NET

Microsoft Visual Studio .NET ProgrammingLightSwitch can create database applications without extensive coding. As part of the Microsoft Visual Studio .NET family, LightSwitch also supports customization using C# and VB.NET programming languages. This offers all the benefits of managed code and the latest programming features.

Built-In Security and Active Directory Support

The authentication models in LightSwitch simplifies the management of users and roles. Easily set and change user data access and authorization, including integration with Active Directory implementations. It also integrates with the security model of traditional .NET solutions.

Dramatically Reduced Development Time

LightSwitch provides the ability to deliver incredibly rich, intuitive, secure, and easy to use applications, while supporting Windows, Mac and Browser clients. It offers a way to build affordable, reliable, and scalable custom solutions with user-friendly views of your data.

VS LightSwitch uses extensible application shells to provide users with the familiar feel of popular Microsoft software, significantly reducing the learning curve, training, and your application adoption time.

We've used LightSwitch to create complete applications and as part of a larger .NET solution. LightSwitch can dramatically decrease the time and cost to program and deliver custom applications compared to traditional Visual Studio .NET approaches.

Silverlight vs. HTML5

LightSwitch can create rich client applications that require users to install Silverlight. In 2013, LightSwitch introduced the ability to create HTML5 applications that are mobile and iPad friendly. There are advantages and limitations to both platforms, as well as differences from traditional .NET applications.

We created a matrix comparison between Microsoft Access, LightSwitch and standard Visual Studio development platforms to help you better understand the issues.

Please contact us to learn more about how we can help you optimally create software solutions with LightSwitch.

Why Choose FMS?

Founded in 1986, FMS is a privately held, small business. Our clients include businesses of all sizes, non-profits, and local and federal government agencies. Our developers serve many local clients in the Mid-Atlantic, Washington DC metropolitan area. We also have clients across the country from New York to California, and Florida to Alaska, in addition to our international clients. Many of our custom solutions are deployed around the world with language localization support.

Risk Free Assessment

With our experience, extensive code library, and tested processes, FMS offers great solutions at very competitive prices. Email or call us at 703-356-4700 to learn more about our consulting services and how our staff of full-time professionals can help you. FMS is located in Tysons Corner in Northern Virginia, just outside of Washington, DC.