LightSwitch Tips & Tricks on dnrTV

LightSwitch Tips & Tricks on dnrTV

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Check it out, I’m back with the always entertaining Carl Franklin on dnrTV showing some tips and tricks you can use in your screens and queries. See how you can add command bars to any control, create custom search screens, pass parameters into queries, and fine-tune the layout of your screens.

Watch: Beth Massi on Tips and Tricks in LightSwitch 2011

Here’s some links I’d like to share from the show:

Enjoy!

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  • Hi Beth,

    Problems when using local fonts (Thai). 1) When I used local fonts (Thai) as a property name in an entity, I got an error message at run time. But, when I changed a property name back to English, it works fine. 2) Local fonts (Thai) are out of proportion with English. In other words, when entering English fonts on e.g. search screen boxes, they are fine (large enough to read). But, when entering Thai fonts on the same places, they are almost impossible to read. This would make it next to impossible for local users to enter data into my application (MyCheckManager). Local applications typically use local fonts. In general, I do not have problem with Thai fonts with other Microsoft softwares (switching back and forth between Thai and English). But, it seems LightSwitch does not like Thai fonts. By the way, I really like LightSwitch. It's a great software for a local consultant (non-programmer), like myself. Please advise.

    Thank you

    Gamon

  • Hi Beth,

    Additional informations. Local fonts (Thai) do not work well with screen names either. They are too small. This makes it almost impossible for users to read the navigation screen names. Thus, I have to use English screen names until I fine a solution.

    Thank you

    Gamon

  • Hi Gamon,

    Please report bugs and suggestions here:

    connect.microsoft.com/lightswitch

    You should also try installing a different theme. You can download them from Tools->Extension Manager or by going to the VS Galery:

    visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/.../search

    You can also create your own theme. See:

    msdn.microsoft.com/.../hh304488

    Thanks,

    -Beth

  • Hey Beth-- Great videos lately.  Especially liked this one.  Have enjoyed when you, Billy Hollis, and others have been on dnrtv with Carl and on .Net Rocks with Carl and Richard.  Wow, as Carl said, you were flying through info and demonstration in this one.  Really liked your demo of the customization of the layout.  Thanks for the info.  

  • Hi Beth,

    Thanks for the info. I will do that. By the way, I produced a report on an exported Excel worksheet generated by LightSwitch using Excel VBA (stored in my Excel personal workbook). It worked great! I was able to execute my VBA code without having to save the LS excel file on to my machine prior to the execution. That was fantastic! Exactly what I needed. My application users require Excel/Word outputs. VBA Office takes care their needs. I have not tried the same method by using VBA from LS to automate Excel. Thus, I do not know if it would produce desired results in all circumstances. Hope Microsoft would continue to keep the VBA Office. LS and VBA Office is a perfect combination. Certainly, it is one great way to generate reports. Thanks.

    Gamon

  • Hi Beth, i am a beginner in lightswitch technology, i have started to working on it from few days and kinda like this.

    i want to add three table in one screen, suppose i have three table Area,Region and Country they having relation between them. it is database first approach.

    now i click on add screen then it will give me option of only two table only i.e. Area and region Or region and country. and if i add data from designer -> add data item then it won't maintain the relation between theses tables.

    PL help me to tackle this situation.

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