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Getting started with Microsoft Visual Studio Lightswitch to Oracle, Sybase, and DB2

Getting started with Microsoft Visual Studio Lightswitch to Oracle, Sybase, and DB2

January 03, 2012 0 Comments
Interest in Microsoft Visual Studio Lightswitch is definitely trending up based on recent data access consulting projects.  Organizations are getting their feet wet with SQL Server for a POC, and then expanding to other systems running Oracle, DB2, and Sybase.  From these conversations, there is a buzz about Microsoft Lightswitch's ability to quickly modernize proven tools such as MS Access, MS Excel, Lotus, etc. that were not necessarily designed for easy cloud or desktop deployments.

Benefits of using Connect for ADO.NET Entity Framework providers with Microsoft Visual Studio Lightswitch:

  • Quickly develop and deploy Lightswitch applications for Oracle, DB2 iSeries and Sybase.
  • Installation and deployment is easy!
  • Absolutely no database client is required!

Review the advantages of running DataDirect Connect for ADO.NET for your next project.

To pre-empt any Lightswitch-related issues, review the following knowledgebase articles regarding parallel transactions and SQL Server data types.

The preliminary steps are:

1. Download and install a free 15-day trial today of the Progress DataDirect Connect for ADO.NET Oracle provider.

2. Download and install GA version of LightSwitch.  Note: There are known issues with pre-GA/Beta releases that have been addressed by Microsoft in hotfix KB2534087.

3. Launch Visual Studio LightSwitch

4. Attach to external Data Source

5. Choose 'Oracle Database' for DataDirect Connect for ADO.NET Entity Framework provider (note: Sybase and DB2 are listed under 'Progress DataDirect')

6. Enter connection information to data source.

6. Click on Advanced Tab and disable distributed transactions to support non SQL Server connections.

7. Click OK to create new external data source.

8. Create a new screen, and specify the newly created data source.

Once you have the data connectivity established with Progress DataDirect, you can find additional tutorials on the web:

http://www.lightswitchtutorial.com/2010/08/lightswitch-tutorial-creating-a-basic-application/

Sumit Sakar

Sumit Sarkar

Sumit Sarkar is a Chief Data Evangelist at Progress, with over 10 years experience working in the data connectivity field. The world's leading consultant on open data standards connectivity with cloud data, Sumit's interests include performance tuning of the data access layer for which he has developed a patent pending technology for its analysis; business intelligence and data warehousing for SaaS platforms; and data connectivity for aPaaS environments, with a focus on standards such as ODBC, JDBC, ADO.NET and ODATA. He is an IBM Certified Consultant for IBM Cognos Business Intelligence and TDWI member. He has presented sessions on data connectivity at various conferences including Dreamforce, Oracle OpenWorld, Strata Hadoop, MongoDB World and SAP Analytics and Business Objects Conference, among many others. 

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