Wow I can’t believe it’s that time of year again! I’ve been speaking at SVCC since it started 7 years ago and it just keeps getting bigger and bigger. Looks like the list of topics and schedule was just finalized and I’m excited at the great line-up of sessions in so many different technology areas. The one an only Scott Guthrie will be making an appearance on Sunday so be sure to check out his Azure sessions.

Yours truly will be speaking about business application development using LightSwitch in Visual Studio 2012 focusing on new features like OData support and publishing to Azure web sites. I’ll also be doing a session on our HTML client preview to show you how quick and easy we’re making mobile business app development. Hope you can join me!

Building Open Data (OData) Services and Applications using LightSwitch

The Open Data Protocol (OData) is a REST-ful protocol for exposing and consuming data on the web and has become the new standard for data-based services. Many enterprises use OData as a means to exchange data between systems, partners, as well as provide an easy access into their data stores form a variety of clients on a variety of platforms. In this session, see how LightSwitch in Visual Studio 2012 has embraced OData making it easy to consume as well as create data services in the LightSwitch middle-tier. Learn how the LightSwitch development environment makes it easy to define business rules and user permissions that always run in these services no matter what client calls them. Learn advanced techniques on how to extend the services with custom code. Finally, you will see how call these OData services from other clients like mobile, Office, and Windows 8 Metro-style applications.

Building Business Applications for Tablet Devices

“Consumerization of IT” is a growing trend whereby employees are bringing their personal devices to the workplace for work-related activities. The appeal of tablet devices for both consumer- and business-oriented scenarios has been a key catalyst for this trend; the growing expectation that enterprise apps should run on “my” device and take advantage of the tablet’s form factor and device capabilities has particularly opened up new challenges for custom business app development. In this demo-heavy presentation, we’ll show how LightSwitch in Visual Studio 2012 makes it easy to build HTML5/JS business apps that can be deployed to Azure and run on Windows 8, iOS, and Android tablets and mobile devices.

Hope to see you there!