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.

This month was exciting for us on the Visual Studio team as we’re driving hard to get the final release of Visual Studio 2013 out the door! The team has also been cranking out content on all our new features. Read on…

Visual Studio 2013 Release Candidate

Visual Studio 2013 RC was released early September as we announced on the team blog. If you haven’t downloaded this yet what are you waiting for? Hurry up! We want to ship this thing! :-)

Download: Visual Studio 2013 RC

We’ve written about a lot of the new features and we’ve got a lot more posts rolling out on our team blog. Things like:

Check out some of my personal favorite features here. And thanks to all of you who have found some tricky bugs and expressed feedback in our forum! You can also report bugs on Connect which will put bugs directly into our bug database – this is the fastest way to get bugs in front of the team.

Visual Studio LightSwitch “Town Hall” Recording Available

On Sept 12th we held a public online “Town Hall” meeting where we demonstrated what we’ve been working on, discussed our product direction, and answered a ton of tough questions from the community. It was very well received. Thanks all for coming!

If you missed it, the recording is available here. 

Syncfusion Releases Essential Studio for LightSwitch

Earlier this month Syncfusion released Essential Studio for LightSwitch which provides a collection of control, theme and shell extensions for LightSwitch. Controls include DataGrid, Chart, Report Viewer, and more. Check it out!

Essential Studio for LightSwitch 

Xpert360 Updates Lightning Data Adapter for Dynamics CRM

Xpert360 Ltd Software Solutions HomeXpert360 updated their Dynamics CRM Lightning Data Adapter so it’s now compatible with Visual Studio 2013. This is a Data Source Extension that enables quick and easy access to your Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online or On-Premise data. Check it out!

Xpert360 Lightning Data Adapter for Dynamics CRM Online and On-Premise

BTW, you can see all of their popular LightSwitch extensions here.

LightSwitch at Silicon Valley Code Camp

I am speaking at silicon valley code camp. Please come to my session!  Click here for details. I’ll be speaking again this year at the biggest code camp in the world – Silicon Valley Code Camp – this weekend October 5th & 6th. I’ve been speaking there for years and it’s always a well run and very well attended code camp.
       
They just reached capacity at 4500 registered! That’s the biggest yet. I’m very excited to be presenting about all the new goodies in LightSwitch and Cloud Business Apps in VS2013. Hope to see you in my sessions:

- Building HTML5-based Business Apps on Azure with LightSwitch
- Developing Office 365 Cloud Business Apps with Visual Studio 2013

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:

Community Articles:

This month I’d like to give a shout out to Clemens Reijnen who started blogging some good information about LightSwitch SharePoint apps. Also the famous LightSwitch-ers, Michael Washington, Paul Van Bladel and Robert MacLean, released a ton of content including a couple awesome samples this month. Great job and keep it up guys!

Top Forum Answerers

Thanks to all our LightSwitch forum contributors! Thank you for helping make the LightSwitch community a better place. It’s selfless dedication like this that makes our community rock.

Top 5 forum answerers in September:

Display Name Answers Posts
Huy Nguyen MSFT 16 23
Justin Anderson 15 54
ADefwebserver 10 62
Angie xu 10 33
snomis 7 16

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, #VS2013 #LightSwitch)

Enjoy!

(oh and P.S. My baseball team made the playoffs! Go A’s!!!)