(This is a fictional story set not too far in the future)
Mary sits in the waiting room of the automobile parts wholesaler company. She reflects how the first day at this job feels different than her first day on past jobs. This time she knows exactly what to expect as far as the technology.
Her new supervisor escorts her to her cubicle after retrieving her from the lobby. As they walk past her co-workers he introducers her. They are passing through what Mary has now started calling the “LightSwitch Farm”.
A LightSwitch Farm is a virtual assembly line of Visual Studio LightSwitch applications. It has now become quite common for a 4 person team to juggle nearly a hundred LightSwitch applications at the same time. As she meets each of her co-workers, she sees the familiar 4-step organization:
It is Mary’s 2nd hour on the job. She gets straight to work because with LightSwitch, you already know or you don’t.
Her first task is to add a custom control to a LightSwitch app. However, she will first add a few lookup tables where they had previously been hard coded pick lists. This her most common fix to a LightSwitch app that was created by a non-programmer (this should have been caught earlier, but this sort of thing does not run into a wall until you try using custom controls).
She spends most of the day creating a WCF RIA service to read from the accounting application (LightSwitch works fine once you get the data INTO it). She then creates a Silverlight control that will display graphs of a customers billing and past orders, and allow the limits on all to be adjusted while seeing the changes of that adjustment on the clients required level of business (needed for the customer service people when they are on the phone with the customer).
As Mary gathers her things at the end of the day, she looks around and reflects on what was accomplished that day. Nearly 20 co-workers visited her group with questions and feature requests. Except for her custom control project, nothing took more than an hour to complete. Many requests were completed by implementing LightSwitch plug-ins.
It feels a bit like the ‘Dot Com Boom’ that she remembers. Money is everywhere, and each day there is more money to be made. The market is flooded with LightSwitch plug-ins, Custom Shells, Themes, and Control Extensions.
The big players were in from the start, but when the 16 year old kid made the papers after he made $100,000 in 30 days after reading a Michael Washington E-Book and making a LightSwitch plug-in, she knew two things would happen, Michael Washington would raise the price of his E-Books and the ‘plug-in wars’ would go full steam... but that is another chapter of the story…