Visual Studio LightSwitch at Code Camps

Code Camp is a type of community event where developers learn from fellow developers. All are welcome to attend and speak at these FREE events that happen all over the world. Sessions range from informal “chalk talks” to full-blown presentations. There is usually a mix of presenters and skill levels, some experienced folks, and some first-timers. We’ve got a couple code camps in California coming up that will have LightSwitch-related sessions that you should check out if you’re in the area. They are fun community-driven events!

Silicon Valley Code Camp – Los Altos Hills, CA – October 8th & 9th

With over 200 sessions and 2000 attendees this is the largest code camp I know of. I‘ve been speaking here for many years. This code camp has a huge variety of developer topics from desktop to web to cloud to phone to enterprise development and much much more. We’ve got big name sponsors from all over like Microsoft, Google, Oracle, Adobe, PayPal, and a whole bunch more who care about developers. Register here: and follow @sv_code_camp on twitter.

I’ve got two LightSwitch sessions that I’ll be delivering this year. Click the links below and let me know you are coming. :-)

Building Business Applications Quickly with Visual Studio LightSwitch
Level: Beginner | 3:30 PM Saturday
Visual Studio LightSwitch is the simplest way for developers of all skill levels to build data-centric business applications for the desktop and cloud. LightSwitch simplifies the development process by letting you concentrate on the business logic, while LightSwitch handles the common tasks and plumbing for you. In this demo-heavy session, you will see, end-to-end, how to build and deploy a business application using LightSwitch.

LightSwitch Advanced Development and Customization Techniques
Level: Intermediate | 5:00 PM Saturday
Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch is the simplest way to build business applications for the desktop and the cloud. In the session you will see techniques for building sophisticated UI, implementing middle tier application logic by customizing the data update pipeline and much more without leaving the LightSwitch development environment. You will also see how combining Visual Studio Professional+ and your existing Silverlight and .Net skills with LightSwitch provide even more customization opportunities.

SoCal Code Camp – USC Campus – October 15th & 16th

LightSwitch community rock star and Silverlight MVP, Michael Washington, will be speaking at the SoCal Code Camp on some more advanced LightSwitch capabilities. Michael runs the community site and is a super-active member of the LightSwitch community. Of course there are tons of other sessions as well. Register here: and follow @CodeCampinSoCal on twitter.

Creating Visual Studio LightSwitch Custom Controls
Michael Washington | Level: 200
Do not be fooled into believing that Visual Studio LightSwitch is only for basic forms over data. LightSwitch is a powerful MVVM (Model – View- View Model) toolkit, that enables a professional developer the ability to achieve incredible productivity. LightSwitch custom controls, provide the professional developer, the tool to unleash the power of this incredible product. Learn how to easily make LightSwitch Custom Controls, even if you have never created a Silverlight control before