Last Fall I started posting a rollup of interesting community happenings, content, samples and extensions popping up around Visual Studio LightSwitch. If you missed those rollups you can check them all out here: LightSwitch Community & Content Rollups
March was filled with a flurry of content around Visual Studio 11 Beta since it was released on February 29th. If you haven’t done so already, I encourage you to download it and give it a spin.
You can provide general feedback using the Visual Studio UserVoice site and LightSwitch-specific feedback on the LightSwitch UserVoice site. There are also a handful of Beta forums you can use to ask questions in particular areas, including the LightSwitch in Visual Studio 11 Beta Forum.
LightSwitch Beta Resources on the Developer Center
If you haven’t noticed the LightSwitch team has been releasing a lot of good content around the next version of LightSwitch in Visual Studio 11. We’ve created a page on the LightSwitch Developer Center with a list of key Beta resources for you. Check back to the page often as we add more content each week! Here’s the easy-to-remember URL:
New Cosmopolitan Shell & Theme
In March the team released the beta version of the LightSwitch Cosmopolitan Shell and Theme extension for Visual Studio 11 Beta.
We drew inspiration from the Silverlight Cosmopolitan theme in designing the extension. The shell and theme provide a modern UI to achieve a more immersive feel, simple and clean styling for the controls, corporate/product branding, as well as many other improvements. This shell will become the default shell for new LightSwitch projects developed with Visual Studio 11. Check out these screen shots and give it a spin! (click to enlarge). You can provide feedback and report issues with the shell in the Beta forum or directly on the LightSwitch Team blog post.
New Extensibility Toolkit & Samples Released
An updated version of the LightSwitch Extensibility Toolkit for Visual Studio 11 Beta was also released in March. This toolkit refresh provides project types for creating new LightSwitch Extension Libraries using Visual Studio 11 beta and includes templates for creating all the different types of supported LightSwitch extensions. If you’re building LightSwitch extensions then you’ll want to check out this release.
Along with this release are updated versions of all the extensibility samples.
- LightSwitch Value Control Extension Sample for Visual Studio 11
- LightSwitch Stack Panel Control Extension Sample for Visual Studio 11
- LightSwitch Metro Theme Extension Sample for Visual Studio 11
- LightSwitch Smart Layout Control Extension Sample for Visual Studio 11
- LightSwitch Business Type Extension Sample for Visual Studio 11
- LightSwitch Screen Template Extension Sample for Visual Studio 11
- LightSwitch Shell Extension Sample for Visual Studio 11
- LightSwitch Detail Control Extension Sample for Visual Studio 11
LightSwitch Community Rock Stars
If you’ve been spending any time developing LightSwitch applications and listening to the #LightSwitch hash tag on twitter, hanging out in the forums, or searching the internet for LightSwitch content, then you probably have run across these people at one time or another. These folks constantly pop up in our community channels – some have been helping the LightSwitch community since the early betas and some are emerging recently. These are just a few of the LightSwitch rock stars to definitely keep an eye on.
- Alessandro Del Sole
- Jan Van der Haegen
- Jewel Lambert
- Keith Craigo
- Michael Washington
- Paul Patterson
- Spaso Lazarevic
- Yann Duran
Have more folks to recommend? Post a comment below!
New LightSwitch MSDN Magazine Column: Leading LightSwitch
One of our LightSwitch rock stars has started a new column on MSDN Magazine! Jan van der Haegen released his first “Leading LightSwitch” column in the March issue. I’m really looking forward to the great stuff Jan will teach us!
Consume a LightSwitch OData Service from a Windows Phone Application
Jan Van der Haegen’s first LightSwitch column explores one of the key features added in the beta release of the tool–the ability to create and consume OData services, which can in turn be consumed from any client, including custom Windows Phone applications.
Notable Content this Month
Lots of content has been streaming out from folks all over the internet. I’m also excited by the number of extensions the community released this month, nice! Here’s some more notable resources I found.
Extensions (see all 81 of them here!):
- ComponentOne FlexGrid for LightSwitch
- DockShell – LightSwitch Shell Extension
- Excel Data Provider for LightSwitch
- LightSwitch Filter Control For Visual Studio 11 Beta
- LightSwitch Cosmopolitan Shell and Theme
- MicroApplications LightSwitch Business Types
- SAP ADO.NET Data Provider
More Samples (see all of them here):
- Vision Clinic Walkthrough & Sample (Visual Studio 11 Beta)
- Contoso Construction – LightSwitch Advanced Sample (Visual Studio 11 Beta)
Visual Studio 11 Beta (LightSwitch V2)
- Creating and Consuming LightSwitch OData Services
- Creating a LightSwitch Application Using the Commuter OData Service
- Enhance Your LightSwitch Applications with OData
- LightSwitch Architecture: OData
- LightSwitch IIS Deployment Enhancements in Visual Studio 11
- New Business Types: Percent & Web Address
- Tips on Upgrading Your LightSwitch Applications to Visual Studio 11 Beta
- Using LightSwitch OData Services in a Windows 8 Metro Style Application
Visual Studio LightSwitch (LightSwitch V1)
- Deploying LightSwitch Applications to IIS6 & Automating Deployment Packages
- Using the SecurityData service in LightSwitch
- Accessing Your Visual Studio 2011 LightSwitch Application Using OData
- An Interview With Alessandro Del Sole (Author of LightSwitch Unleashed)
- Calling LightSwitch 2011 OData Using Server Side Code
- Changing the Numeric Keypad Period to a Comma
- CLASS Extensions Version 2 Released
- Fix: Installing Extensions In LightSwitch When You Also Have LightSwitch Beta 2011
- How Can I Display the Version Number of the Currently Running LightSwitch Application?
- How Do I Prevent a Column in a Grid From Gaining Focus?
- How To Add an Application Logo Background Similar To the Feature Dropped After Beta
- How to use previously Out-of-Browser-only features in LightSwitch for In-Browser Apps with VS11 Beta
- I’m speaking at MS NetWork 2.0
- Installing LightSwitch Themes and Shells built for LightSwitch v1 into the LightSwitch in Visual Studio 11 Beta (LightSwitch v2)
- Learn How To Make OData Calls In LightSwitch 2011
- LightSwitch: reading threads from StackOverflow with OData
- Microsoft LightSwitch – 8 Ways to Reporting and Printing Success
- Microsoft LightSwitch – Consuming OData
- Monthly LightSwitch column in MSDN Magazine, and other “all things LightSwitch”…
- Notification “Toast” For In-Browser LightSwitch Apps Using Growl For Windows
- Rise of the Citizen Developer – Slide Deck and Speaker Notes
- switchtory – turn on the innovation
LightSwitch Team Community Sites
Become a fan of Visual Studio LightSwitch on Facebook. Have fun and interact with us on our wall. Check out the cool stories and resources. Here are some other places you can find the LightSwitch team:
LightSwitch MSDN Forums
LightSwitch Developer Center
LightSwitch Team Blog
LightSwitch on Twitter (@VSLightSwitch, #VisualStudio #LightSwitch)