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  • Blog Post: Improvements in Working with Large Data Sources

    Business apps typically need to connect to large data sources and schemas. That’s why in the Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2013 – March 2014 Update we've done a lot of work to improve the experience for working with large data models in both LightSwitch projects and Cloud Business Apps. In...
  • Blog Post: New “How Do I…?” Videos and other Resources for Building Cloud Business Apps (Beth Massi)

    We released the Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2013 – March 2014 Update on Monday which contains a ton of new features for Office 365 Cloud Business Apps and LightSwitch projects as well as apps for Office & SharePoint in Visual Studio 2013. If you haven’t done so already, please install...
  • Blog Post: Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2013 – March 2014 Update

    Today at SharePoint Conference 2014, the Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2013 – March 2014 Update was made available to download . This update contains a ton of new features that improves support for Office 365 Cloud Business Apps and LightSwitch projects as well as apps for Office & SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: Tips and Tricks for Lync Integration (Nicole Haugen, Ravi Eda)

    The Person Viewer and Person Picker controls were introduced in Visual Studio 2013 to support the Person data type which makes it easy to manage people-related data in your application. These controls depend on various components such as SharePoint, Lync, ActiveX and browser settings in order for them...
  • 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: All About Newsfeeds With Your Cloud Business App (Nicole Haugen)

    Cloud Business Apps in Visual Studio 2013 allow you to easily integrate with SharePoint and use the Office 365 collaboration and social features – including newsfeeds .  You can now expose entity data in your app as a newsfeed so that users can choose to follow your app and receive posts to their...
  • 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: 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: Visual Studio 2013 Released – Thank You LightSwitch Community!

    Soma just announced that Visual Studio 2013 has been released to the web! Download Visual Studio 2013 We are super excited to get this release out the door and into your hands. Visual Studio 2013 contains a ton of new tools for developers to build best of breed, modern applications and services. WHAT...
  • Blog Post: Team Development Series – Part 5: Leveraging Code Analytics (Ravi Eda)

    This article demonstrates the usage of code analytic tools available for LightSwitch in Visual Studio 2013. Analytic tools that will be covered include - Code Analysis , Code Metrics , Code Maps and Remote Debugging . Code analysis tools enable developers to improve their code. These tools help find...
  • 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: Announcing LightSwitch in Visual Studio 2013 Release Candidate!

    The release candidate for Visual Studio 2013 is available for download ! The release candidate bundles many of the features we mentioned in the Visual Studio 2013 Preview —such as better support for team development and a refined Solution Explorer experience—with some noteworthy additions...
  • Blog Post: Team Development Series – Part 4: Testing the LightSwitch Application (Saar Shen)

    Using Visual Studio 2013, we can create automated test projects like a Coded UI Test or a Web Performance and Load Test to test LightSwitch Applications. A Coded UI Test is used for creating automated tests for the UI. A Web Performance and Load Test is used for creating performance and load tests for...
  • Blog Post: Choice List improvements (Amr Altahlawi)

    One of the new LightSwitch features in the Visual Studio 2013 Preview is the ability to import a list of name/value pairs to the Choice List dialog from either a file or from another Choice List. This is useful when you have a long list of values that you need to add (for example: List of US states)...
  • Blog Post: Use Caching to Turbo-Boost your LightSwitch Apps (Saar Shen)

    Making use of a cache to “turbo-boost” the retrieval and presentation of read-only data is a common need in data-based applications. In this post, I'll walk you through how to speed up your LightSwitch application by using cached data. This is particularly useful for screens that use read-only reference...
  • 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: Multiple LightSwitch Designers (Elizabeth Maher)

    Gone are the days of just one LightSwitch designer opened at any given time. With the release of Visual Studio 2103 Preview , each LightSwitch related asset seen in the Solution Explorer has its own designer instance! This means that every table, query and screen will have its own designer when opened...
  • 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: Team Development Series–Part 2: Best Practices for Source Code Control (Raghuveer Gopalakrishnan)

    In this post, we will look at some of the best practices and patterns which will enable multiple developers to collaborate efficiently on a LightSwitch project. In Visual Studio 2013 , there are several new features geared toward enabling team development like partitioned model files, flat project structure...
  • Blog Post: Team Development Series–Part 1: Introduction (Peter Hauge)

    We recently announced a new version of LightSwitch available in Visual Studio 2013 Preview !  In this post we’ll discuss Team Development as one of our major investment areas for Visual Studio 2013 and how the latest version dramatically improves the experience working in teams on your LightSwitch...
  • Blog Post: Intrinsic Database Management with Database Projects (Chris Rummel)

    One of the new LightSwitch features in the Visual Studio 2013 Preview is enabling the use of SQL Server Data Tools projects (here’s the MSDN SSDT documentation and their blog ). When you add a database project to your LightSwitch project, the contents of the database project will be incorporated...
  • Blog Post: Solution Explorer Enhancements (Andy Kung, Kris Langohr)

    Last week we announced the availability of Visual Studio 2013 Preview and highlighted some improvements in this release of LightSwitch. One of which is the significant improvement of working with LightSwitch projects in the Solution Explorer. We will go over some of the enhancements in this article....
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