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Beth Massi is a Senior Program Manager on the Visual Studio team at Microsoft and a community champion for business application 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.
I know this is the February rollup but I can’t leave out what we did yesterday from this one. We released an update to our Visual Studio Office Developer tools and it includes a ton of new features for LightSwitch and Cloud Business Apps!
Yesterday the team released a free update for Visual Studio 2013 that contains a ton of new features that improves support for Office 365 Cloud Business Apps and LightSwitch projects as well as apps for Office & apps for SharePoint in Visual Studio 2013.
Download the Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2013 – March 2014 Update.
We hope you’ll love the new features in this release. We’ve got SAP support, enhanced data designers, improved HTML controls, new screen template, bookmarking, document library support, and a whole lot more. For all the details read our announcements on the LightSwitch Team Blog and the Visual Studio Team Blog.
Also see: What's New in Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2013 – March 2014 Update
If you’re having trouble with the install or discovering issues with this release please report them in the LightSwitch MSDN Forum and the team will investigate.
I launched a new video series on Channel 9 that is all about building Cloud Business Apps for Office 365. The first one I do an end-to-end demonstration of connecting to SharePoint list data, creating a mobile-first HTML5 app, and making it available to users by deploying it to the corporate catalog. It’s a good overview to watch if you’ve never seen a Cloud Business App. Then I start drilling into more features in the rest. I plan on releasing more in the coming weeks to check back often!
Watch the Videos: Building Cloud Business Apps for Office 365 with Visual Studio 2013
We’ve also got a new sample & walkthrough for you to try out that builds a Cloud Business App for Office 365 step-by-step. Check it out:
Incident Manager: A Cloud Business App Tutorial
And if you’re just starting out building apps for SharePoint I highly encourage you to start here: http://aka.ms/BuildSharePointApps. This page has information on how to get our tools and sign up for (or provision) an Office 365 Developer site.
Did I miss anything significant? Post a comment below!
Extensions & packages released this month (see over 100 extensions here and NuGet packages here):
Samples (see over 100 of them here!):
Community Rock Star Articles:
Thanks everyone for your awesome contributions in February! Another shout-out to Paul van Bladel who was ON FIRE this month with a whopping seven posts! WOW!
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 February:
Keep up the great work guys!
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Hey Beth, may I mention my extension for VS 2013 which installs Team's JS snippets?
Sorry I missed it Ale! I updated the post.
The challenge a newbie faces is sifting through which resources to use?
- Which resources have newer versions?
- Which resource should come first, then next?
Could you please create, and update monthly, a recommended learning path? The path could have sub-paths depending upon particular learning goals.
For example, is this course still the state of the art? www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/.../building-business-apps-with-visual-studio-lightswitch
@Alpineer8 - I suggest starting here: http://msdn.com/lightswitch
There are a set of good getting started tutorials there. Depending on which version you are interested in, I would also suggest: blogs.msdn.com/.../beginning-lightswitch-getting-started.aspx