LightSwitch Community & Content Rollup- November 2013

LightSwitch Community & Content Rollup- November 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.

November was another exciting month with the Visual Studio Launch event and MVP summit taking place! We also continue to pump out the content, including more articles and samples this month. Read on…  

Visual Studio 2013 Launch

On November 13th, Visual Studio Launch events took place around the world with live streaming online from New York City. We also released a ton of on-demand videos from the product groups on all the new features in Visual Studio 2013.

Download Visual Studio 2013

Watch the Keynote: Transforming software development in a world of devices and services 

Skip to an hour and 30 minutes into the keynote and you’ll see Jay Schmelzer show LightSwitch in the new Cloud Business App project type. Also check out the videos Andy did that feature LightSwitch technology:

What's New in Visual Studio 2013 for ​LightSwitch Applications      

What's New in Visual Studio 2013 for ​LightSwitch Applications

In this video, we will build and deploy from end-to-end, a full-featured business app that runs in Windows Azure and provides rich user experiences tailored for modern devices. We will also highlight some of the new features added to LightSwitch in Visual Studio 2013.

​Building Connected & Integrated Business Applications Using Office 365 Cloud Business App Project

Building Connected & Integrated Business Applications Using Office 365 Cloud Business App Project

With Cloud Business App projects, Visual Studio 2013 streamlines the process of building modern business applications for Office 365. In this video, you will see how developers can build social, touch-centric, cross-platform SharePoint 2013 and Office 365 business applications that run well on all modern devices.

The new Cloud Business App project we introduced has some definite interest. It’s the second most watched video with over 87 thousand views! More than the keynote. Niiiiiiiiiice!

Cesar released the launch demo used to demonstrate LightSwitch and Cloud Business Apps that Jay showed off. You can download it here:  MyCompany STAFF demo application

You can also read more about what’s new in our announcement post: Visual Studio 2013 Released – Thank You LightSwitch Community! Also check out the updated content on the Visual Studio LightSwitch Developer Center.

MVP Summit – Nov 18-21

A lot of teams at Microsoft spend weeks preparing for the Global MVP Summit. The summit is an opportunity for the top Microsoft community experts to come to Redmond and engage face-to-face with the product teams and talk confidentially about our product directions and features we are working on. It’s a very busy, fun, crazy week.

You may recognize some of us in the photos below :-)

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The team presented to many different MVP disciplines on all the awesome features that we are planning for the next release. They were all excited about the future of our products. Thank you MVPs for coming and giving us great feedback!

Michael Washington (in the third picture above – obviously excited about LightSwitch ;-)), and Jake Ginnivan (VSTO MVP, in the second photo) also manned a Visual Studio booth with me at the MVP showcase. We answered a ton of questions on all sorts of aspects of Visual Studio and showed off some sweet demos. Thanks guys for the help and fun!

Visual Studio LightSwitch Community Windows 8.1 App

imageIn November Alessando Del Sole released a reader app for Windows 8.1 that aggregates all of the most popular LightSwitch community content. Awesome! You just made my monthly rollups a lot easier :-)

With this app you can stay up to date with new blog posts, videos, code examples, and IDE extensions for LightSwitch.

Download it here: Visual Studio LightSwitch Community

Beginning LightSwitch Series for Visual Studio 2013

I (re)-started a very popular beginner series for those of you just getting started with the LightSwitch. This time though, I’m focusing on the HTML client and Visual Studio 2013. I’m seeing a lot of folks are finding this helpful as they get started with the HTML client, even if they are familiar with the Silverlight client.

I continued releasing more articles in the series in November (and I’ll continue in December):

Keep an eye out for the rest of the tutorials right here: Beginning LightSwitch in Visual Studio 2013 series

Vision Clinic Walkthrough and Sample Updated for VS2013

The “classic” Vision Clinic sample was our very first walkthrough for LightSwitch when we first released back in 2011. It’s referenced in our documentation and is meant as a step-by-step guide for building your very first LightSwitch desktop application. This month Steve Hoag re-released it with an additional HTML mobile client, so check it out!

LightSwitch in Visual Studio 2013 Vision Clinic Walkthrough & Sample

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:

Thanks everyone for your awesome contributions this month!

Forum Answerers

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

Top 10 forum answerers in November:


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)


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  • Nothing about silverlight, boring.

    + 90% of the market has windows desktop and my application for them.

    but now that exited the HTML mobile people got a little dumbfounded.

    Do not forget the 90% that use their windows desktop applications

  • Marden, If you cared to actually read some of those community articles you would see some of them are in fact about the desktop client. By all means, if I missed anything, please post a link and I'll add it to the list.

  • Hi Beth,

    Thank you,

    I'm just frustrated by the lack of news and disregard for the silverlight

    I have several applications in production, and none of them can be replaced by

    new HTML client.

    I'd love to see good news silverlight, but I know this will not happen.

    When I came lightswitch not believed, could create applications without getting

    wasting time with ADO, the community was very excited creating extensions, etc ... Several users have disappeared from the forum, just the neglect with silverlight.

  • Hi Marden,

    I think what you're seeing is the industry is starting to demand apps run on multiple platforms and devices. We recognized this a couple years ago and we worked hard to bring an HTML client to LightSwitch that also has the same RAD experience you are used to. I know we still have a ways to go but our focus on the first version was touch-centric & mobile experiences. Something that is hard to do today. That's why we still support the Silverlight client, for the mouse & keyboard rich desktop users.

    If you have valuable resources that I should add to the rollup, I'll be happy to add them. Just let me know.



  • Hi Beth,

    What are the next steps with the HTML Client to have more advanced functionality for building desktop LOB's?

    Since SL Client is stopped we need an alternative and a detailed roadmap what's coming next...


  • Hi Robert,

    Joe Binder addressed our client roadmap in this forum thread:

    We also delivered a public webcast that answered people's questions about LightSwitch. You can find the recording here:



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