Last year 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 all out here: LightSwitch Community & Content Rollups.

Wow it’s still strange to me to be typing 2013. I feel like we should be driving around in flying cars, our sidewalks all moving walkways, and rapid transit means getting into a giant air tube that spits you across a city. It’s funny what we thought the future world would look like 20 years ago… Oh well! At least we’re making progress on the next version of LightSwitch!

Getting Started with LightSwitch and Office 365

imageThis month the team continues to focus and build the next version that will support mobile devices via JQueryMobile & HTML5 as well as support the new SharePoint apps model in Office 365. With the release of Preview 2 and its SharePoint support, I’ve been seeing an interesting cross-pollination of folks posting & tweeting about LightSwitch. I’ve also seen a considerable uptick in traffic to our getting started content. It looks like the SharePoint community is starting to take a serious look at LightSwitch. With that in mind, if you’re just starting with LightSwitch here are some great resources to check out:

If, on the other hand, you are a seasoned LightSwitch developer but are just getting started with SharePoint development, here are some resources that really have helped me.

Community Rock Stars & New Bloggers

With the new year I’d like to give another shout out to folks that have continuously helped nurture the LightSwitch Community. It’s volunteers like you, with your tireless efforts to help others, that makes the development world a great place to be. Whether that’s writing books, moderating the forums, blogging, or running entire websites, your contributions are truly appreciated. Particularly….

We’d also like to welcome a couple new faces to the LightSwitch blogsphere that have popped up with some good content so far. Keep it up guys!

Chris Finlan from SAP has started a new blog with some great tips & tricks. Check out how to incorporate SAP data into LightSwitch using SAP Netweaver Gateway.
Blog: http://www.thepoweroflightswitch.com/
Twitter: @cmfinlan

Laurentz Tonniau has been on twitter for a while but he just started blogging! He’s been a user of LS for over a year and has written 3 large ERP systems with it. Check out his first post where he talks about his projects and experiences.
Blog: http://www.firmware.be/blog/
Twitter: @LaurentzT

Do you know of others in the LightSwitch community that you rely on to help you? Add a comment below and let me know!

More Notable Content this Month

Samples (see all 96 of them here): Check out the most popular LightSwitch samples this month..

Team Articles: 

Community Articles: 

Top Forum Answerers

Thanks to all our contributors to the LightSwitch forums on MSDN. Thank you for helping make the LightSwitch community a better place. Another huge shout out to Yann Duran who consistently provides help in our General forum as well as Paul Van Bladel and Xpert360 this month!

Top 5 forum answerers in January:

User Name

Posts

Answers

Yann Duran 78 9
Paul Van Bladel 16 6
Xpert360 17 4
ChristopherDeMars 8 3
ADefwebserver 3 2

Keep up the great work guys!

LightSwitch Team Community Sites

Become a fan of Visual Studio LightSwitch on Facebook. Have fun and interact with us on our wall. Check out the cool stories and resources. Here are some other places you can find the LightSwitch team:

LightSwitch MSDN Forums
LightSwitch Developer Center
LightSwitch Team Blog
LightSwitch on Twitter (@VSLightSwitch, #VS2012 #LightSwitch)

Enjoy!