LightSwitch Community & Content Rollup–April 2012

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

April continued to roll out content around Visual Studio 11 Beta since it was released back on February 29th. If you haven’t done so already, I encourage you to give it a spin by downloading Visual Studio 11 Beta. Also make sure to check out these LightSwitch Beta resources and community sites:

Have an idea?: LightSwitch UserVoice site 
Need to report a bug?: LightSwitch Connect site
Have a question?: LightSwitch Beta Forum
Need to learn what’s new?: LightSwitch Developer Center

LightSwitch in Visual Studio Beta Resources

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. Check out the LightSwitch Developer Center for a list of key Beta resources for you to explore. Here’s some of our more popular content:

www.odata.orgCompanion Client Examples

One of the biggest features with LightSwitch in Visual Studio 11 is the Open Data Protocol (OData) support. Not only can you consume OData services in LightSwitch, the middle-tier services are also now exposed as OData service endpoints reachable by other clients. In April, the community posted many more examples of alternative clients that you can build against your LightSwitch services. I’d like to particularly thank Michael Washington who runs the who has been on fire this month posting most of these. Awesome!

Excel PowerPivot: Creating and Consuming LightSwitch OData Services
Windows 8: Using LightSwitch OData Services in a Windows 8 Metro Style Application
Windows Phone: Consume a LightSwitch OData Service from a Windows Phone application
HTML/JavaScript: A Full CRUD DataJs and KnockoutJs LightSwitch Example Using Only An .Html Page
JQuery Mobile: A Full CRUD LightSwitch JQuery Mobile Application
Android: Communicating With LightSwitch Using Android App Inventor
Unity 3D: Using Visual Studio LightSwitch To Orchestrate A Unity 3D Game

MSDN Magazine Column: Leading LightSwitchApril 2012

One of our other LightSwitch community rock stars started a new LightSwitch column in MSDN Magazine in March. Jan van der Haegen continues his journey into the depths of LightSwitch with his second article in the April issue:

Leading LightSwitch: The LightSwitch MVVM Model
In this month’s Leading LightSwitch column, Jan explains MV3, a variation of the MVVM application architecture used for LightSwitch apps that is even more powerful than the original application architecture.   

New Visual Studio LightSwitch Books Released

Paul Ferrill released his new book in the beginning of April on building SharePoint Apps with LightSwitch. It sounds like this is a short book for the LightSwitch beginner looking to connect to SharePoint data.

Also released was Pro Visual Studio LightSwitch 2011 Development by Tim Leung and Yann Duran. You may have seen these guys helping answer questions in the LightSwitch forums and they really know their stuff.

More LightSwitch books to check out:

imageXpert 360’s Dynamics CRM Online Adapter LightSwitch Extension Released

In April Xpert 360 released a FREE LightSwitch extension that allows you to connect to Dynamics CRM. Looks like they are also working on one for connecting to Salesforce. Check out these resources to get started:

Other Commercial LightSwitch Extensions from our Partners

Many of our Visual Studio partners who build LightSwitch extensions injected into the #LightSwitch twitter feed this month to remind us of these great products, some with new features recently added.

MSDN Webcast: What’s New with LightSwitch in Visual Studio 11MSDN Webcast: What's New with LightSwitch in Visual Studio 11 (Level 200)

Join me Friday May 11th 1:00 PM PST for What’s New with LightSwitch in Visual Studio 11.

Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch is the simplest way to build business applications and data services for the desktop and the cloud. LightSwitch contains several new features and enhanced capabilities in Visual Studio 11. In this demonstration-heavy webcast, we walk through the major new features, such as creating and consuming OData services, new controls and formatting, new features with the security system and deployment, and much more.

Register here.

Notable Content this Month

Extensions (see all 85 of them here!):

In addition to the above, we had a few more extensions from the community released this month.

Samples (see all 80 of them here):

Team Articles:

Lots more articles from the team this month on all the new features in LightSwitch in Visual Studio 11.

We also had a couple top requested How To posts that apply to all versions of LightSwitch:

Community Content:

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)