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  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: How to Add Images and Text to your LightSwitch Applications (Andrew Lader)

    Note: This article applies to LightSwitch in Visual Studio 2012 (LightSwitch V2) It’s common for developers to add static images and text to their screens to help guide their users through the application. Although you can easily add images that come a database to your screens, up till now,...
  • Blog Post: Many-to-Many Control Released!

    A common request that the LightSwitch team receives is to provide a control to deal with many-to-many relationships (ex. the relationship between Categories and Blog Posts). One of the more common ways to deal with this is by displaying a list of checkboxes or a tree of checkboxes. We've just released...
  • 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: 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: How to Create a Search Screen that Can Search Properties of Related Entities (John Chen)

    LightSwitch has a powerful search data screen template to allow you quickly create a search screen in your LightSwitch application. You can watch Beth’s How Do I video to get started: How Do I: Create a Search Screen in a LightSwitch Application? In this blog, I am going to answer one frequently...
  • 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: Tips and Tricks for Using the Screen Designer (Sheel Shah)

    The screen designer in Visual Studio isn’t a typical forms design tool. We strove to make it simple to get started using some predefined templates. However, it’s also pretty easy to customize the output of those templates to get exactly the screen you want. In this post, I’m going 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: How to Programmatically Control LightSwitch UI (Andy Kung)

    Note: This article has been updated for Beta 2 on 3/17/2011 LightSwitch, by default, intelligently generates UI based on the shape of an entity. For example, adding an Employee entity to a screen might generate a TextBox for Employee.Name , a DatePicker for Employee.Birthdate , an Auto-Complete Box for...
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