Step 1: Create a LightSwitch Project
For your first project, you'll create an application for managing contact information. As your first step, you'll start Visual Studio 2013 and create a project.
To create a project for your application
On the Start menu, choose Visual Studio 2013.
On the menu bar, choose File, New Project.
The New Project dialog box opens.
In the list of templates, expand the Visual Basic or Visual C# node, choose the LightSwitch node, and then choose either the LightSwitch Desktop Application (Visual Basic) or the LightSwitch Desktop Application (Visual C#) template.
In the Name text box, enter My First Application, and then choose the OK button.
The My First Application Designer window appears, and the necessary folders for your project are added to the Solution Explorer window, as the following illustration shows:
You just created a project for a contact management application so that you can store and organize the pieces of that application.
When you opened the New Project dialog box, you could create any one of several types of projects. Your contact management application will be a typical Windows-based desktop application that can run from the Start menu. You can also create a web-based application that can run in a web browser. You can usually change the application type later.
When you created the project, you chose either Visual Basic or Visual C# as the programming language, but both languages have the same capabilities. You can choose whichever language you prefer when you create a project, but you can't change that decision later.
In most cases, you'll want to enter a more meaningful name for the project in the New Project dialog box. You can also change where the project files are saved when you create the project.
In the next lesson, you'll learn how to define the data for your application by creating a data entity.
Next lesson: Step 2: Define the Data in LightSwitch