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  • Blog Post: Attaching to SQL Views

    In Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 (as well as Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2013 – March 2014 Update ) some enhancements are available in the area of attaching to SQL Views. These enhancements were made based on the feedback we received from the community. With this update, you can now...
  • 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: Automatic Row Tracking with Visual Studio 2013 (Amr Altahlawi)

    As databases are used by many applications and many users within those applications, it’s a common practice to log when data was created or last modified. In addition to knowing when the data was changed, knowing who changed the data is a common requirement in business applications. LightSwitch...
  • Blog Post: LightSwitch Performance Improvements in Visual Studio 2013

    Our very own Matt Sampson , Tester on the LightSwitch team, is featured today on the Visual Studio team blog ! Matt explains how we took advantage of a slimmer OData format called JSON Light to minimize the payloads from the server to the HTML client, saving bandwidth and speeding up the loading of data...
  • 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: Team Development Series–Part 3: Leveraging Team Build in LightSwitch (Saar Shen)

    What is Team Build? Team build lets you create and manage build processes that automatically analyze, compile and test your applications. Refer to the MSDN topic Build the application for more details on setting up team builds with Team Foundation Service (TFS) and Visual Studio. With LightSwitch in...
  • 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: ASP.NET SignalR and LightSwitch (Matt Sampson)

    Maybe you've already heard about ASP.NET SignalR and how you can use it to do "real-time" web. Or how it lets you easily push content from your server up into your HTML5 Client, or back from your client to the server. But have you seen how you can make SignalR and LightSwitch work together??? ...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Signed-In Part 3 – Guest List Screen (Andy Kung)

    Welcome to part 3 of the Signed-In walkthrough! So far, we’ve got a mobile app that displays a list of upcoming events. It also allows you to add new events to the list. If you missed the previous posts you can read them here: Signed-In Part 1 – Introduction Signed-In Part 2 –...
  • Blog Post: Signed-In Part 2 – Upcoming Events Screen (Andy Kung)

    In the last post, we gave an overview of the Signed-In app we are going to build. We created a LightSwitch project and set up our data. In case you missed it: Signed-In Part 1 – Introduction Now, we’re ready to start designing the UI. Create the First Screen Right click on HTMLClient...
  • Blog Post: Signed-In Part 1 – Introduction (Andy Kung)

    Before I show you all the wonderful things about LightSwitch , let me tell you a little story behind this post. I’m a college football fan. During the football season, I’d attend the game watching events organized by the local alumni association. At every event, the organizer would pass around a sign...
  • Blog Post: Publishing LightSwitch Apps to Azure with Visual Studio 2012–UPDATED

    The recent release of LightSwitch for Visual Studio 2012 included some updates around publishing to Azure.  Most importantly, we have made it even easier to publish your LightSwitch applications to Azure Web Sites by improving the publish wizard.  For more information on these updates, and...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2012 Released to Web!

    We are extremely excited that Visual Studio 2012 has released to the web today! As of this morning, everyone can download the final release of Visual Studio 2012 which includes the latest version of LightSwitch! MSDN Subscribers can download the bits through their MSDN subscription. LightSwitch includes...
  • Blog Post: Dynamically setting column names on an editable grid (Babar Ismail)

    LightSwitch gives us the ability to import data from numerous sources. This data can then be shown to the end user in an editable grid by simply creating editable grid screens based off that data. The column names of the grid will correspond to the field names of the table we import. This works for most...
  • Blog Post: LightSwitch Concurrency Enhancements in Visual Studio 2012 (Eric Erhardt)

    Many problems can occur in applications when multiple users are allowed to edit the same record at the same time. Some simple applications take a “last edit wins” approach, where the last person to save their changes gets their changes applied in the end. This has the obvious problem that...
  • Blog Post: Publishing LightSwitch Apps to Azure with Visual Studio 2012

    UPDATED 8/29/2012 : Updated for Visual Studio 2012 and Azure SDK 1.7.1 With the release of Visual Studio 2012, we’ve improved the experience for publishing LightSwitch applications to Windows Azure.  The Azure deployment support for LightSwitch in Visual Studio 2012 depends on the Windows Azure...
  • Blog Post: What's New in LightSwitch for Visual Studio 2012 RC?

    We’re excited to announce an update of LightSwitch in Visual Studio 2012 Release Candidate! We’ve appreciated the feedback and community engagement we received on our Beta features – in addition to addressing many customer-reported bugs, I’m happy to announce several more goodies...
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