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Beth Massi is a Senior Program Manager on the Visual Studio team at Microsoft and a community champion for .NET developers. Learn more about Beth.
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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.
Wow! What a month. I have been really heads down working on a lot of internal projects, hence, why I only posted a couple times this month. At least I got one article out the door! :-). It takes a lot of work to create content so I appreciate all the great stuff our community pumps out.
The team has also been laser-focused and heads down on our next release. We’ve been building the next set of features for Cloud Business Apps and doing a ton of internal app building to make sure the quality of the product is in good shape before you get it.
We weren’t completely off the grid externally though. I had a couple really fun in-person speaking engagements and I finally finished the 6-part article series I started before Christmas. The team also had time to start teaching you jQuery. Read on…
I once again had the pleasure of joining Richard Campbell and Carl Franklin on the .NET Rocks! Visual Studio Road Trip. This time I joined them and the awesome folks from Xamarin in San Francisco.
Just like last year, in each city they record a live show with a guest rock star, but this time Visual Studio joined forces with Xamarin and the theme of the road trip was all about building modern & mobile apps with Visual Studio.
They featured me on The Tablet Show and I spoke about our mobile HTML client in LightSwitch and Cloud Business Apps on Office 365 (of course). Listen to the podcast here:
Listen: Building Mobile Apps on LightSwitch with Beth Massi
James Montemagno, developer evangelist at Xamarin, also did a nice write up on the West Coast leg of the trip here: A Look Back at the .NET Rocks! Roadshow
It was interesting to see “traditional” .NET developers crack into SharePoint apps development. It’s definitely not your mama’s SharePoint – now with a completely new app model based on web standards. It’s a good time to start learning how you can bring your web development skills and leverage the huge Office 365 platform to create compelling business apps. Head to http://dev.office.com to get started.
You can download the presentation slides, demo and script here: http://sdrv.ms/LzpnW1
I finally finished this complete rewrite of the famous 6-part article series on learning LightSwitch. WHEW! This “new and improved” 2013 version focuses on the HTML client. It walks you through everything you need to know to get started quickly building professional quality business apps for mobile devices & tablets, suitable for a wide range of form factors.
And we’re working on a lot more content on how to do interesting things with the API so stay tuned!
Essential Studio for LightSwitch is a collection of control extensions for the LightSwitch framework. The Syncfusion control extensions greatly enhance the appearance and functionality of the application.
One of our readers last month mentioned that among many of the controls, they have a RDLC Report viewer which can Export reports to PDF/Word/Excel/HTML.
Check out their website to learn more.
Did I miss anything significant? Post a comment below!
Extensions released this month (see over 100 of them here!):
Thanks everyone for your awesome contributions in January! Special shout-out to the Belgians this month for cranking out the posts, Paul van Bladel and Jan Van der Haegen!
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 January:
Keep up the great work guys!
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when u say working on next set of features for cloud business apps does this mean there will be no more focus on features for mobile apps that don't use sharepoint or office365? you have to tell us this please ?
@Josh - YES! We're building new features into both.
Do you have a release date. One, two, three month.....more maybe. Please tell us :-)
What new features?
Oh Sven, but that would ruin the surprise.. any probably my job :). We'll be announcing details "pretty soon". That's all I can say right now.
I recently fascinated with Lightswitch and we have been developing admin module for our customer. Thanks for all good resource/repository online. Now we have been struggling with deployment of Lightswitch vS2013 HTML5 in IIS 8. We have seen web installer wizard that does everything for us but somehow we failed to achieve the outcome. Can someone please help a traditional way to deploy lightswitch application such that we have database remotely located.
@Santosh - Please post your detailed steps and what error you are seeing in the forum and we can troubleshoot there. There are also posts you can search through to see if someone had the same issue.
My dream is that one day the LS HTML client will include a fully featured grid in the box.