Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and enjoyed some well-deserved time off. I sure did! Now that I’m back in the office I’m a few days overdue for this post so here ya go! A few months ago I started posting a rollup of interesting community happenings, content, samples and extensions popping up around Visual Studio LightSwitch. If you missed those rollups you can check them out here:

Usually December is a pretty slow month all around, but there were still a lot of awesome things around LightSwitch, especially the number of community articles this month! Check them out…

“LightSwitch Star” Contest

“LightSwitch Star” Contest on CodeProjectDo you have what it takes to be a LightSwitch Star? Show us your coolest, most productive, LightSwitch business application and you could win a Laptop and other great prizes! 

In November The Code Project launched the “LightSwitch Star” contest. You just answer some questions and email them a screenshot or two. They’re looking for apps that show off the most productivity in a business as well as apps that use extensions in a unique, innovative way. Prizes are given away each month (see here for more details on prizes). In early December they announced the November winners and today they announced the December winners in each category:

Most Efficient Business Application Most Ground-breaking Business Application
November November
1st prize: Security Central
2nd prize: PTA LightSwitch
1st prize: Church+
2nd prize: Engineering App
December December
1st prize: Patient Tracker
2nd prize: Instant Assets
1st prize: Health and Safety Management System
2nd prize: Orion

Congrats to all! Can’t wait to see what people submit in January. There were some really cool applications submitted in December. Here’s a breakdown of what was submitted last month (see all 23 apps that have been submitted so far here). Make sure to vote for your favorite ones, grand prize is a laptop!

7 More Production Apps…

3 More Tutorials/Samples/Videos…

ComponentOne Scheduler for LightSwitch Released

imageComponentOne released another LightSwitch extension last month in addition to the OLAP Control. This ready-to-use LightSwitch screen gives you a complete Outlook-style scheduling application! Check it out:


Notable Content this Month

Here’s some more of the fun things the team and community released in December.

Extensions released in December (see all 71 of them here!):

Build your own extensions by visiting the LightSwitch Extensibility page on the LightSwitch Developer Center.

Team Articles:

In December I kicked off a series aimed at beginner developers just getting started with LightSwitch and was featured in the MSDN Flash Newsletter. This brought A LOT of traffic to my blog – in fact, it is at an all-time high since the month of December! WOW! This series is popular!

Matt Thalman also wrote the following article that address a top request in the LightSwitch Forums:
Creating a Custom Login Page for a LightSwitch Application

Community Articles:
Samples (see all of them here):

LightSwitch Team Community Sites

The Visual Studio LightSwitch Facebook Page has been increasing in activity thanks to you all. Become a fan! Have fun and interact with us on our wall. Check out the cool stories and resources.

Also here are some other places you can find the LightSwitch team:


LightSwitch MSDN Forums
LightSwitch Developer Center
LightSwitch Team Blog
LightSwitch on Twitter (@VSLightSwitch, #VisualStudio #LightSwitch)

Join Us!

The community has been using the hash tag #LightSwitch on twitter when posting stuff so it’s easier for me to catch it (although this is a common English word so you may end up with a few weird ones ;-)). Join the conversation! And if I missed anything please add a comment to the bottom of this post and let us know!

Enjoy!