LightSwitch Community & Content Rollup– June 2013

LightSwitch Community & Content Rollup– June 2013

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A while back I started posting a monthly 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.

Yay summer! My favorite time of the year. Lots of good stuff happened in the month of June, particularly last week at Build when we released Visual Studio 2013 Preview and showed off the new features in the next version of Visual Studio LightSwitch. Read on for more LightSwitch goodness….

Visual Studio 2013 Preview!

Last week the previews of Visual Studio 2013 and Windows 8.1 were released for developers to test drive as well as some awesome new updates to Windows Azure.

The LightSwitch team also has some great new features in VS2013 that we’ve added based on customer feedback -- most notably, multi-designer and better team development support! See the LightSwitch Team announcement here for info:

We’ve also started rolling out detailed posts on all the new features on the LightSwitch Team Blog so check there often. And make sure to read the release notes and give us feedback in the LightSwitch forum.

Visual Studio 2012 Update 3 Released

Last week Visual Studio 2012 Update 3 was also released. You can download it here: Visual Studio 2012 Update 3.

This is a FREE update to those that have Visual Studio 2012 installed. The update doesn’t include any new LightSwitch features, but it does incorporate several bug fixes, most notably the JavaScript Intellisense issues, so it’s a good idea to get this update particularly if you’re building HTML clients.

Conference Presentations from TechEd US, TechEd Europe & Build

Lot’s of big conferences happened in June, TechEd US, TechEd Europe and of course, Build! Check out all the content & sessions the team delivered, including downloadable slides...

Joe (Pro) Binder, Principal Program Manager on the LightSwitch team, delivered an awesome session at Build that highlighted a lot of the new features in VS2013 Preview as well as what’s coming in the future. Check that out here:

Building Modern, HTML5-Based Business Applications on Windows Azure and Office 365 with Visual Studio LightSwitch Building Modern, HTML5-Based Business Applications on Windows Azure and Office 365 with Visual Studio LightSwitch

Yours truly also delivered a couple sessions at TechEd US highlighting the HTML5 and SharePoint capabilities we added in Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 that was released in early April. The first session was so popular that I was asked to repeat it on the last day of the conference. That LightSwitch session also ranked in the top 10 developer sessions at TechEd!

image Building Modern, HTML5-Based Business Apps on Windows Azure with Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch
image Building Modern, HTML5-based Business Apps for SharePoint 2013 with Visual Studio LightSwitch

Heinrich Wendel, Program Manager on the LightSwitch HTML client team, delivered the same sessions with his own bit of flair at TechEd Europe and his sessions also ranked highly… great job, dude!

image Building Modern, HTML5-Based Business Apps on Windows Azure with Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch
image Building Modern, HTML5-based Business Apps for SharePoint 2013 with Visual Studio LightSwitch

Also don’t miss these Hands-on-Labs that you can try out right from your computer, even if you don’t have Visual Studio installed!

Let’s Code with LightSwitch!

In the same spirit of the “Let’s Code” series of internet videos, Robert MacLean has created a unedited, real-time, video series where he builds a blog in LightSwitch using the HTML client. I watched the first couple episodes and it’s very fun to see him build a real application where he walks you through what’s he’s doing in real time (mistakes and all!).

Watch the series: Building a blog in LightSwitch

More Notable Content this Month

Did I miss anything significant? Post a comment below!

Extensions released this month (see over 100 of them here!):

Samples (see over 100 of them here!):

Team Articles & Announcements:

Community Articles:

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!

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  • Hi Beth,

    I updated today from VS2012 Update 2 to Update 3. Parts of the Lightswitch environment and parts of my application (e.g. Save/Refresh-Button, Roles- and User-Screens) appear now only in english language, although I set the Default language to german. Have you heard about this issue?

    Best Regards,

    Alex

  • Hi Alex,

    Sorry for the delay! I was on vacation for the US independence holiday. Next time you can submit these issues to https://connect.microsoft.com if I am slow to respond.

    We have reproduced this issue but are still trying to figure out what is causing the problem. Really sorry for the inconvenience. I will post back here when I find out a work-around.

    You might try uninstalling update 3 to see if it fixes it. Go to Add/Remove programs and select "Installed Updates" and you will see an entry for Update 3. Make sure to back up your projects first.

    Again, sorry for the inconvenience.

    -Beth

  • Hi Beth,

    I have the same problem as Alex, but with the Default language to Spanish. To update Visual Studio 2012 from update 2, I downloaded the package "Visual Studio 2012 Update 3 (x86) - (Multiple Languages) " from msdn downloads for subscribers.

    Regards,

    Daniel

  • @Alex @Daniel - We have confirmed this as a bug in Update 3 but do not have a fix released yet. We apologize for the inconvenience. Users have reported this in our forums and have found workarounds you may want to try: social.msdn.microsoft.com/.../language-bug-in-vs2012-update-3-to-ls-team

    The issue is the language files located in C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SDKs\LightSwitch\v3.0\<lang> in Update 3 are incorrect. If you have a machine with Update 2, you can copy them from there.

    Again, sorry for the inconvenience and thanks for reporting this bug.

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