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  • Blog Post: LightSwitch HTML Client API Reference Released

    You asked for it, and here it is. I’m proud to announce the availability of the HTML Client API Reference in the MSDN Library. The single page article provides reference documentation for every member of the JavaScript API for LightSwitch HTML clients. While many of the members include example code,...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: Visualizing List Data using a Map Control (Heinrich Wendel)

    The true power of LightSwitch lies in its combination of Access-like ease of use and quick ramp-up, while also remaining attractive for complex coding scenarios. The new LightSwitch HTML Client allows you to build modern apps in a couple of minutes, deploy them to online services like SharePoint and...
  • Blog Post: Enhancing LightSwitch Controls with jQuery Mobile (Michael Zlatkovsky)

    UPDATED on AUGUST 1, 2013 based on Visual Studio 2012 and Update 3. One of my favorite things about the LightSwitch HTML Client is how easy it is to create forms over data the “LightSwitch way”, and then jump straight into HTML for a bit of custom tweaking.  Because the HTML Client makes use of...
  • Blog Post: Custom Controls and Data Binding in the LightSwitch HTML Client (Joe Binder)

    Custom JavaScript controls allow you to create user experiences that are tailored to specific use cases and business needs. Given the wealth of code samples, control frameworks, and partner control offerings available today, we wanted to ensure that existing controls could be used as-is within the LightSwitch...
  • Blog Post: Building a LightSwitch HTML Client: eBay Daily Deals (Andy Kung)

    With the release of the LightSwitch HTML Client Preview 2 , I’d like to take this opportunity to showcase the simple steps to get an HTML client up and running. The holiday season is now upon us. In this tutorial, we will create a simple HTML client to display daily deals from eBay. Something like...
  • Blog Post: New LightSwitch HTML Client APIs (Stephen Provine)

    Following the recent announcement of the LightSwitch HTML Client Preview 2 , we are excited to introduce a set of additional APIs that allow further control over the behavior and capabilities of a LightSwitch HTML-based application. You can download Preview 2 from the Developer Center . The APIs we...
  • Blog Post: Writing JavaScript Code in LightSwitch (Joe Binder)

    UPDATE December 6th, 2012: With the release of HTML Client Preview 2 some of the code in this article may not work correctly. For updated information please see: Custom Controls and Data Binding in the LightSwitch HTML Client ---- With the HTML Client Preview finally available , we thought it’d be useful...
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