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  • Blog Post: The Cosmopolitan shell and theme source code is released!

    We’ve released the source code for the Cosmopolitan shell and theme , allowing you use the default LightSwitch 2012 shell and theme as starting points for your own custom shells and themes. You can download the source here . Custom LightSwitch shells and themes are topics that crop up commonly on customer...
  • 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: Course Manager VS 2012 Sample Part 6 – Home Screen (Andy Kung)

    Hello LightSwitchers! I hope you’re all having fun and building cool stuff with RTM. In case you missed it, here are the previous posts: Course Manager VS 2012 Sample Part 1 – Introduction Course Manager VS 2012 Sample Part 2 – Setting up Data Course Manager VS 2012 Sample Part 3 – User Permissions &...
  • Blog Post: Course Manager VS 2012 Sample Part 5 – Detail Screens (Andy Kung)

    This week I’ve been writing a series of articles on building the Course Manager Sample, if you missed them: Course Manager VS 2012 Sample Part 1 – Introduction Course Manager VS 2012 Sample Part 2 – Setting up Data Course Manager VS 2012 Sample Part 3 – User Permissions &...
  • Blog Post: Course Manager VS 2012 Sample Part 4 – Implementing the Workflow (Andy Kung)

    Welcome to part 4 of the Course Manager series! If you missed the previous posts you can read them here: Course Manager VS 2012 Sample Part 1 – Introduction Course Manager VS 2012 Sample Part 2 – Setting up Data Course Manager VS 2012 Sample Part 3 – User Permissions & Admin...
  • Blog Post: Course Manager VS 2012 Sample Part 3 – User Permissions & Admin Screens (Andy Kung)

    Welcome to part 3 of the Course Manager series! If you missed the previous posts you can read them here: Course Manager VS 2012 Sample Part 1 – Introduction Course Manager VS 2012 Sample Part 2 – Setting up Data In Part 2, we created tables, relationships, queries, and learned some useful data customizations...
  • Blog Post: Course Manager VS 2012 Sample Part 2 – Setting up Data (Andy Kung)

    Yesterday, we gave an overview of the Course Manager sample and walked through some scenarios from end-user’s perspective . If you missed it: Course Manager VS 2012 Sample Part 1 – Introduction We are now ready to start “reverse-engineering” and learning how to build Course Manager. We will kick off...
  • Blog Post: Course Manager VS 2012 Sample Part 1 – Introduction (Andy Kung)

    When we released Visual Studio LightSwitch 2011 last year, we published a sample project called “Course Manager.” We also wrote a series of tutorials based on the sample. With the release of Visual Studio 2012, it is a good time to update the Course Manager tutorials and highlight some of the new features...
  • Blog Post: Course Manager Sample Part 6 – Home Screen (Andy Kung)

    Hello LightSwitchers! I hope you’re all having fun and building cool stuff with RTM. I apologize for the delay of this conclusion of the Course Manager series. In case you missed it, here are the previous posts: Part 1: Introduction Part 2: Setting up data Part 3: User permissions & admin screens...
  • Blog Post: Extensibility - Metro Theme Sample Code Released!

    This morning the LightSwitch Team released samples in both Visual Basic and C# that contain the code for the recently released Metro Theme for Visual Studio LightSwitch . For more information on creating extensions for Visual Studio LightSwitch, see Visual Studio LightSwitch 2011 Extensibility Toolkit...
  • Blog Post: Creating a Custom Add or Edit Dialog (Sheel Shah)

    LightSwitch provides built-in functionality quickly add or edit data in a grid or list.  Unfortunately this modal dialog is not customizable.  In more complex data entry scenarios, the built-in dialogs may not fulfill your customer's needs.  There are a couple of options in this situation...
  • Blog Post: Excel Importer Updated for Web Applications

    The most common feedback that we’ve heard about the Excel Import extension is that it doesn’t work for web applications. Since we can’t access Excel from a web application, we’ve updated the extension to import data from CSV files in this situation. For details on using the extension...
  • Blog Post: Submit Your LightSwitch Samples & Get Featured on the Developer Center!

    Check it out, we’ve got a new Samples page on the LightSwitch Developer Center showcasing LightSwitch samples from the Samples Gallery . Just head to http://msdn.com/lightswitch and then click on the Samples tab at the top: Here you can see the most popular, recent, and team samples quickly and easily...
  • Blog Post: Course Manager Sample Part 5 – Detail Screens (Andy Kung)

    I’ve been writing a series of articles on the Course Manager Sample , if you missed them: Part 1: Introduction Part 2: Setting up data Part 3: User permissions & admin screens Part 4: Implementing the workflow In Part 4 , we identified the main workflow we want to implement. We created screens to...
  • Blog Post: Course Manager Sample Part 4 – Implementing the Workflow (Andy Kung)

    NOTE: This article was written against Visual Studio LightSwitch 2011 but has been updated for LightSwitch in Visual Studio 2012. To view the latest version click here . In Course Manager Sample Part 3 , we’ve set up a Desktop application with Windows authentication. We’ve created some...
  • Blog Post: Course Manager Sample Part 3 – User Permissions & Admin Screens (Andy Kung)

    NOTE: This article was written against Visual Studio LightSwitch 2011 but has been updated for LightSwitch in Visual Studio 2012. To view the latest version click here . In Course Manager Sample Part 2 – Setting up Data , we created tables, relationships, queries, and learned some useful data...
  • Blog Post: LightSwitch Samples on the new Samples Gallery

    A couple months ago MSDN released a new site for samples where product teams and the community can contribute code. We’ve been popping team samples up there as well, just look for the LightSwitch Team author: Download LightSwitch Team Samples Here’s a description of the ones we have up there so far:...
  • Blog Post: Course Manager Sample Part 2 – Setting up Data (Andy Kung)

    NOTE: This article was written against Visual Studio LightSwitch 2011 but has been updated for LightSwitch in Visual Studio 2012. To view the latest version click here . Last week, we gave an overview of the Course Manager sample and walked through some scenarios from end-user’s perspective...
  • Blog Post: How Do I: Display a chart built on aggregated data (Eric Erhardt)

    In a business application there is often a need to roll-up data and display it in a concise format.  This allows decision makers the ability to analyze the state of the business and make a decision quickly and correctly.  This roll-up may retrieve data from many different sources, slice it...
  • Blog Post: Course Manager Sample Part 1 – Introduction (Andy Kung)

    NOTE: This article was written against Visual Studio LightSwitch 2011 but has been updated for LightSwitch in Visual Studio 2012. To view the latest version click here . With the release of Visual Studio LightSwitch Beta 2, the team also published a sample project called “Course Manager.”...
  • Blog Post: How to Create a Many-to-Many Relationship (Andy Kung)

    Note: This article has been updated for Beta 2 on 3/17/2011 Many business applications require many-to-many relationships. For example, an author can write many books , and a book can be written by many authors . To model this relationship in LightSwitch, you need to create a mapping table for the 2...
  • Blog Post: How to Communicate Across LightSwitch Screens (Sheel Shah)

    One of the more common scenarios that we’ve encountered in business applications are data creation screens that involve related data. For example, an end user may be creating a new order record that requires the selection of a customer. In LightSwitch, this involves using a modal picker control...
  • Blog Post: How Do I: Import and Export Data to/from a CSV file (Dan Seefeldt)

    LightSwitch provides weakly-typed data access APIs which allow you to add general purpose code to perform common tasks. In this example, these APIs are used to implement a simple general purpose import/export. The import/export will read and write CSV files. Export will write the names of the properties...
  • Blog Post: Vision Clinic Walkthrough sample code now available in C#

    Yesterday we updated the LightSwitch Code Samples page to also include a C# download that compliments the Walkthrough: Creating the Vision Clinic Application available in the MSDN library that was released for Beta 1 with Visual Basic code. The library walkthrough page will be updated in the next refresh...
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