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  • Blog Post: Interacting with Content Items on the Screen with the LightSwitch API (Kevin Mehlhaff)

    A LightSwitch application at its core is built by adding data to screens and creating a tree of content items to display and interact with this data. LightSwitch provides a JavaScript API over these content items so that you can interact with them programmatically. What is a Content Item? If you open...
  • Blog Post: A Tour of the LightSwitch HTML Client APIs (Elizabeth Maher)

    LightSwitch generates a custom API set based on project assets that developers can use when writing custom code in the HTML client. Each data source, table, query and screen causes various items to be created in the API. Even actions on each of the LightSwitch designers can have affect. This article...
  • Blog Post: Promises in LightSwitch (Justin Anderson)

    In previous posts, we’ve mentioned that the HTML client runtime uses promises to perform asynchronous execution. In this post, we’ll briefly explain what a promise is and show you where promises are provided in your LightSwitch application to allow you to asynchronously react to state changes in the...
  • Blog Post: Introduction to jQuery for App Customization (Kevin Mehlhaff)

    JQuery is a popular JavaScript library that is used by many websites. LightSwitch employs jQuery to make it easy for developers to customize their applications. JQuery enables you to easily select, manipulate, and traverse HTML elements in the document object model, or DOM. You can think of the DOM as...
  • Blog Post: Customizing the Table Control: Sortable by Column (Kevin Mehlhaff)

    The Table control is a new way to display a collection of data in the LightSwitch HTML Client as of Visual Studio 2013 . Like all controls in the LightSwitch HTML client, you can take over the rendering and write your own custom code. Today we will be leveraging the power of the LightSwitch middle tier...
  • Blog Post: New Navigation Features in LightSwitch HTML Client (Chris Rummel, Rohit Agrawal)

    Today we’ll be exploring two new features added to LightSwitch HTML Client – global navigation and default details screens. With global navigation you can navigate to any Browse screen from any other screen throughout the LightSwitch application. Default detail screens let you jump directly to the details...
  • Blog Post: Using the Person Business Type (Karol Zadora-Przylecki, Ravi Eda)

    The Person business type is a new LightSwitch feature introduced in Visual Studio 2013 . Its goal is to make it easy to add and manage people-related data in your application. In this post we will show you how to use the Person type and what it can do for you. Getting Started Suppose you are building...
  • Blog Post: How To Build an Office 365 Cloud Business App with Visual Studio 2013 (Andy Kung)

    Office 365 is an ideal business app platform providing a core set of services expected in today’s business apps and a central location for installing, discovering, and managing apps. Office 365 makes these business apps available where users already spend their time - in SharePoint and Office. Visual...
  • Blog Post: HTML Upload Control For LightSwitch SharePoint Apps (Matt Sampson)

    Matt Sampson , Senior Tester on the LightSwitch Team, wrote an HTML Upload Control available on NuGet that you can use in your SharePoint-enabled apps. The control will upload any file to a document library. He wrote a post on his blog showing how to upload images with just a few lines of JavaScript...
  • Blog Post: Drag and Drop with LightSwitch HTML Client (Rohit Agrawal)

    While the built-in controls and features provided by LightSwitch are optimized for smaller form factors, it is possible to take advantage of the mouse events available on desktop browsers to enable drag and drop when then situation calls for it . With HTML5 it is possible to grab an object with a mouse...
  • Blog Post: What Time Is It? Global Time (Steve Lasker)

    You’re building apps that are hosted in the cloud. Your users can be anywhere across the globe. When you’re viewing a customer service call log, and you see a customer called at 4:30pm and was really upset their service was still down, how do you know how long ago they called? Was the time...
  • Blog Post: The LightSwitch HTML Table Control (Rohit Agrawal)

    Recently we announced the availability of Release Candidate for Visual Studio 2013 and highlighted some of the new features introduced in LightSwitch. The Table control is one of those newly added features. This post provides a walk-through of the new Table control and briefly covers keyboard navigation...
  • Blog Post: Using SharePoint Documents in LightSwitch HTML Client (Prem Ramanathan)

    Visual Studio LightSwitch is a great development environment for writing line of business applications that provide a consistent mobile and desktop friendly user interface that talk to various data sources including ODATA, SharePoint and SQL. SharePoint has evolved as a great platform for sharing documents...
  • Blog Post: Speed up LightSwitch Development with “Edit & Refresh” (Sudhanshu Kulkarni)

    In this post I’d like to discuss a feature of LightSwitch that helps speed up your development of HTML client applications. We first released this feature in Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 with the LightSwitch HTML Client and it is also available in Visual Studio 2013 Preview . Beth Massi briefly touched...
  • Blog Post: Extending Screens for Multi-Select in the LightSwitch HTML Client (Mike Droney)

    If you (like me) have always wanted to have a rich multi-select experience in LightSwitch HTML Client Lists, this article may be of interest to you. This sample will show a nice pattern for adding unbound screen content items to be manipulated by the user in a List Control for a multi-select operation...
  • Blog Post: OData Apps in Update 2 - Querying Data from Stack Overflow

    Matt Sampson's got a blog about making a LightSwitch HTML App that queries data from the one and only Stack Overflow by attaching to their very cool public OData Service. (Now you can use a LightSwitch app to keep track of all the LightSwitch related posts on Stack Overflow!) You can check out...
  • Blog Post: Creating a wizard-like experience for HTML client (Andy Kung)

    If you have been playing with the new HTML client, you will know that LightSwitch provides a built-in screen template for creating data. It allows user to input data via a modal dialog. In some scenarios, however, we’d much prefer to guide the user via a step-by-step wizard-like dialog. In this article...
  • Blog Post: Customizing the SharePoint Chrome Control in LightSwitch

    If you’ve done any LightSwitch apps for SharePoint you may have noticed that we incorporate a version of the SharePoint chrome control.  You may not have known what it was (or what it was called), but you do now.  You can also customize it and I’ll show you how.  I’m also going to cover...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Runtime Update 1 - Supporting jQueryMobile 1.3

    When we took a bet on jQuery, jQueryMobile, and datajs for our HTML client, we recognized that we’d need to adapt to the rapid release cadence these frameworks employ.  At the same time, we know that small issues in our application runtime can cause considerable strife.  Our response is to...
  • Blog Post: Dashboard Reports with LightSwitch, WebAPI and ServerApplicationContext– Part Deux (Steve Lasker)

    Overview With a little homage to Hot Shots Part Deux we’ll drill in a bit deeper utilizing the ServerApplicationContext for creating Dashboard reports. Part 1 is here: Create Dashboard Reports with LightSwitch, WebAPI and ServerApplicationContext LightSwitch Productivity/Extendability disclaimer : As...
  • Blog Post: Create Dashboard Reports with LightSwitch, WebAPI and ServerApplicationContext (Steve Lasker)

    Overview Applications are creating and consuming more data than ever before. With so much data, how can your users quickly spot trends and get an overview of what’s important? Just as your car presents a dashboard indicating the top priority items, so can your application. Matt introduced the ServerApplicationContext...
  • Blog Post: Many-To-How-Many - HTML Edition (Heinrich Wendel)

    The original idea of this blog post was to simply provide you with a tutorial on how to create a many-to-many control for your HTML app, using the built-in controls and some glue code to hook up the correct logic. Andy wrote a similar post for the Silverlight client and we later shipped a control as...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the Release of the LightSwitch HTML Client!

    On behalf of the LightSwitch team, I am proud to announce the release of the LightSwitch HTML client in Visual Studio 2012 Update 2! It’s been an exciting journey for us and we thank you for all your valuable feedback that got us here. LightSwitch in Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 (Note: if you are upgrading...
  • Blog Post: Signed-In Part 5 – Search Screen and Dynamic UI (Andy Kung)

    Welcome to the last installment of the Signed-In app walkthrough! In case you missed the previous posts: Signed-In Part 1 – Introduction Signed-In Part 2 – Upcoming Events Screen Signed-In Part 3 – Guest List Screen Signed-In Part 4 – Authentication and Branding...
  • Blog Post: Signed-In Part 4 – Authentication and Branding (Andy Kung)

    Welcome to the 4 th installment of the Signed-In app walkthrough! Here are the previous posts: Signed-In Part 1 – Introduction Signed-In Part 2 – Upcoming Events Screen Signed-In Part 3 – Guest List Screen We have implemented all the functionalities of our Signed-In...
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