Lightswitch seems to be a good solution but the HTML UI is very poor, and Silverlight is limiting.

I am looking in general for a good rapid framework in .NET to create a mid-size CRM (data centric application).

Must Have:

  • Custom entities with many to one relations
  • Custom fields (text, combo, relation picker, date)
  • File uploads
  • Custom views for each entity with custom query
  • User management (roles & permissions)
  • HTML on the client side (not Flash or Silverlight)

Nice to have:

  • My custom fields
  • Reporting
  • Custom view per user role / user group / user
  • Multi device HTML client
  • Custom workflow

There are 2 solution that I know which are similar, but:

  • Welcome to Software Recommendations! We will need much more information to give good recommendations here. Please take a look at What is required for a question to contain "enough information"? Then please edit your question and see if you can incorporate some of these improvements. Specifically, name your requirements explicitly (instead of just writing "similar to"): what are must-haves, what nice-to-haves? People not knowing "Vidyano" might still know a perfect match for your case ;)
    – Izzy
    Jul 16, 2014 at 15:27
  • 1
    Vidiano is free now, but their blog wasn't updated for 4 years Nov 4, 2016 at 10:36

2 Answers 2


As it was discussed here there are just a few proper alternatives - non .NET. I went for the CUBA Platform framework, because I have almost the same Must Have and Should Have lists and CUBA covered all the requrements. It has strong built in modules for Reproting, BPM and Charting - that was a determinative for me.

As for changing stack, CUBA Studio (specialized IDE) allowed me to get used to the framework quite shortly, so it wasn't that hard to move from MS to Java.


One year ago we launched a product called Radzen which allows rapid web application development with ASP.NET Core and Angular. I has been received well by the LightSwitch community and I welcome everyone to try it. One can even use their existing LightSwitch service!

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.