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  • Blog Post: LightSwitch Community and Content Rollup–March 2014 (+//build/)

    A while back I started posting a monthly rollup of interesting community happenings, content, samples and extensions popping up around Visual Studio LightSwitch over on my personal blog. If you missed those rollups you can check them all out here: LightSwitch Community & Content Rollups . This month...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Business App Talk at Build

    The Build 2014 conference was recently held in San Francisco. See http://www.buildwindows.com/ for links to all the key note and session videos. Our very own Beth Massi gave a talk about Cloud Business Apps. In her session she builds a survey application from beginning to end. This includes the design...
  • Blog Post: New “How Do I…?” Videos and other Resources for Building Cloud Business Apps (Beth Massi)

    We released the Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2013 – March 2014 Update on Monday which contains a ton of new features for Office 365 Cloud Business Apps and LightSwitch projects as well as apps for Office & SharePoint in Visual Studio 2013. If you haven’t done so already, please install...
  • Blog Post: Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2013 – March 2014 Update

    Today at SharePoint Conference 2014, the Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2013 – March 2014 Update was made available to download . This update contains a ton of new features that improves support for Office 365 Cloud Business Apps and LightSwitch projects as well as apps for Office & SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2013 Released – Thank You LightSwitch Community!

    Soma just announced that Visual Studio 2013 has been released to the web! Download Visual Studio 2013 We are super excited to get this release out the door and into your hands. Visual Studio 2013 contains a ton of new tools for developers to build best of breed, modern applications and services. WHAT...
  • Blog Post: Building a SharePoint App with LightSwitch (Beth Massi)

    I just wanted to let everyone here know that I’ve been having fun using the HTML Client Preview 2 to build a SharePoint app on top of Office 365 using LightSwitch over on my blog . Although you definitely can still host your apps on your own or in Azure , enabling SharePoint in your LightSwitch apps...
  • Blog Post: New LightSwitch VS 2012 “How Do I?” Videos Released! (Beth Massi)

    Check it out! We just released a couple new videos on the LightSwitch Developer Center’s “How Do I?” video section . These videos continue the Visual Studio 2012 series where we walk through the new features available in LightSwitch in VS 2012. How Do I: Perform Automatic Row-Level Filtering of Data...
  • Blog Post: Early Look at the Visual Studio LightSwitch HTML Client (Joe Binder, Beth Massi)

    Check it out, we just posted a video on Channel 9. In this interview, Joe Binder (Program Manager on the LightSwitch Team) gives us an early preview of where the team is headed with supporting HTML clients. He walks through the design experience as well as showing us how easy it is to customize styling...
  • Blog Post: New Office Integration Pack Extension Released to CodePlex

    If you haven’t noticed, Grid Logic has been working on a new version of the Office Integration Pack and has opened up source code for community contributions on CodePlex! http://officeintegration.codeplex.com/ Released last year, the Office Integration Pack is a LightSwitch extension that makes it easy...
  • Blog Post: What’s New with LightSwitch in Visual Studio 11? (Beth Massi)

    A couple weeks ago I delivered a webcast on What’s New with LightSwitch in Visual Studio 11. If you missed it, you can now watch it on demand: WMV Download | WMA | MP4 For more details on the new features I demonstrated check out the post on my blog. You can download the slides from here as well: "What...
  • Blog Post: Tips on Upgrading Your LightSwitch Applications to Visual Studio 11 Beta (Beth Massi)

    We’ve seen some questions in the forum about upgrading your current Visual Studio LightSwitch applications (LightSwitch V1) to Visual Studio 11 Beta (LightSwitch V2) so I thought I’d post some quick tips here on how to make the upgrade process a smooth as possible. After you install Visual Studio 11...
  • Blog Post: Creating and Consuming LightSwitch OData Services (Beth Massi)

    In the next version of LightSwitch , we’ve added support for OData services , both consuming external services as well as producing services from the LightSwitch middle-tier. The Open Data Protocol (OData) standardizes the way we communicate with data services over the web. Many enterprises today use...
  • Blog Post: Enhance Your LightSwitch Applications with OData (Beth Massi)

    As John announced Wednesday , the next version of Visual Studio will include LightSwitch right in the box and there are a lot of awesome new features. My personal favorite is the Open Data Protocol (OData) services support. LightSwitch can now consume as well as produce OData services from it’s middle...
  • Blog Post: LightSwitch Team Chats with MVPs about Visual Studio 11 Beta

    Yesterday afternoon Jay Schmelzer and Beth Massi chatted with MVPs Andrew Brust and Michael Washington about LightSwitch in Visual Studio 11 Beta . Jay and Andrew talk about what developers can look forward to in the next release of LightSwitch and Beth and Michael chat about the community. Check out...
  • Blog Post: Drop-down Lists Tips & Tricks (Beth Massi)

    Drop-down lists in Visual Studio LightSwitch are represented by the Auto Complete Box control. This control allows the user to select from a list of values, either coming from another table or a static list of choices defined by a Choice List property. There’s a lot of nice things you can do with drop...
  • Blog Post: Get Started with LightSwitch: The “Beginning LightSwitch” Article Series (Beth Massi)

    For the month of December I’ve been writing a series of articles aimed at the beginner developer getting up to speed with Visual Studio LightSwitch . Even though there’s a ton of information out there on building LightSwitch applications (especially on the LightSwitch Developer Center ), I wanted to...
  • Blog Post: Video: How Do I Handle Database Concurrency Issues? (Beth Massi)

    Check it out, we released a new “How Do I” video on the LightSwitch Developer Center : How Do I: Handle Database Concurrency Issues? In a multi-user environment, when two users pull up the same record from the database and modify it, when the second user saves the data it raises a data conflict because...
  • Blog Post: How Do I: Create Custom Search Screens in LightSwitch? (Beth Massi)

    Check it out! We just released a new How Do I video on the LightSwitch Developer Center . I created this one based on suggestions from you so I hope you like it! How Do I: Create Custom Search Screens in LightSwitch? In this video you will learn a couple techniques you can use when creating custom...
  • Blog Post: LightSwitch Community & Content Rollup–September (Beth Massi)

    Now that the Visual Studio LightSwitch community is really growing I thought I’d start posting some of the cool articles, videos, samples and extensions I find each month. First off, here are the LightSwitch team “hangouts” where you can get training, ask questions, and interact with the LightSwitch...
  • Blog Post: Updated Deployment Guide (Beth Massi)

    I just updated the LightSwitch Deployment guide I wrote back in March for the RTM release of Visual Studio LightSwitch . This guide is meant for people who want to host three-tier LightSwitch applications on their own IIS servers. There was only a couple screen shot updates but now it should be clearer...
  • Blog Post: More New How Do I Videos Released! (Beth Massi)

    We’ve got a couple new “How Do I'” videos on the LightSwitch Developer Center to check out: #21 - How Do I: Add Commands as Buttons and Links to Screens? #22 - How Do I: Show Multiple Columns in an Auto-Complete Dropdown Box? And if you missed them, you can access all the “How Do I” videos here:  ...
  • Blog Post: More “How Do I” Videos Released– Setting Field Values Automatically for Easy Data Entry (Beth Massi)

    We just released a couple more “How Do I” videos on the LightSwitch Developer Center : #19 - How Do I: Set Default Values on Fields when Entering New Data? #20 - How Do I: Copy Data from One Row into a New Row? In these videos I show you how to write a bit of code to set values on fields in a couple...
  • Blog Post: New LightSwitch “How Do I” videos on Working with SharePoint (Beth Massi)

    We just released two new “How Do I'” videos on the LightSwitch Developer Center on how to use SharePoint data in your LightSwitch applications. Check them out: #17 - How Do I: Connect LightSwitch to SharePoint Data? #18 - How Do I: Save Data from Multiple Data Sources on the Same Screen? And if you missed...
  • Blog Post: Three New “How Do I” Videos Released! (Beth Massi)

    We just released three new “How Do I'” videos on the LightSwitch Developer Center check them out: #14 - How Do I: Modify the Navigation of Screens in a LightSwitch Application? #15 - How Do I: Open a Screen After Saving Another Screen in a LightSwitch Application? #16 - How Do I: Connect LightSwitch...
  • Blog Post: New Video– How Do I: Deploy a LightSwitch Application to Azure? (Beth Massi)

    Check it out, we just released a new “How Do I” video on the Developer Center that shows you how to deploy your Visual Studio LightSwitch application to the Azure cloud.   #13 - How Do I: Deploy a LightSwitch Application to Azure? This is a new video in the 13-part “How Do I” video series you can...
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