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57 Turning on the LightSwitch with Jay Schmelzer

Published: 8/17/2011

In this version Mark and Clark sit down with Microsoft Director Jay Schmelzer and talk about the newly released Visual Studio LightSwitch. Jay flips on the LightSwitch for us as he walks us through just what exactly Visual Studio LightSwitch is and how it all works.

Show Notes

What is LightSwitch?

“Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch is a simplified self-service development tool that enables you to build business applications quickly and easily for the desktop and cloud. What can your business do with LightSwitch? Watch this brief introduction to find out.”2

Jay Schmelzer

Jay Schmelzer is a Director of Program Management on the Visual Studio Team at Microsoft. Jay and his team are responsible for the Visual Studio design-time tools and runtime components used to build line of business applications. That includes the Visual Studio support for building Microsoft Office, SharePoint and Windows Azure solutions, Visual Studio LightSwitch and Visual Studio's data binding and data consumption experiences. Prior to joining Microsoft, Jay was a partner with a leading consulting firm and specialized in the design and development of enterprise applications.


  1. Jay-Schmelzer-Introducing-Visual-Studio-LightSwitch
  2. Visual Studio LightSwitch on MSDN 
  3. Visual Studio LightSwitch Blog 
  4. MSDN LightSwitch Developer Center


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