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. I know I’m a little late with this one, but I took a couple days vacation around Independence Day last week so that I could move into my new home (which looks great by the way)!
LightSwitch HTML Client Preview
This was a big ask on our UserVoice site for a long time and I can’t tell you how hard it was to keep it a secret ;-). We are all excited that we can now talk with you about our plans and get feedback from you on this early preview. It’s amazing how overwhelmingly positive the feedback has been so far. Get the bits and all the resources you need here:
The preview is a pre-built VHD that comes with a walkthrough tutorial that guides you through the experiences that are working so that you can get an idea of where we’re headed and let us know what you think. There are a lot of great conversations going on in the forums and we’re waiting for your feedback! Just check out some of the great comments on the forums, twitter and our team blog:
- @ADefWebserver: The #LightSwitch HTML client has enough features now to qualify as a groundbreaking product.
- @progalex: The #LightSwitch #HTML client is amazing. Hey @VSLightSwitch you did an impressive job!
- @janvanderhaegen: (Chandler voice) Could the new #LightSwitch #HTML5 BE any more intuitive ?
- @jpbayley9: Looks like a pretty handy RAD tool #lightswitch #TEE12
- @mikaelsand: #Lightswitch looks more modern than before. Not quite metro but close #TEE12
- Great! Download – Install – Play – #Awesome! – Edgar Walther
- I am impressed by the availability of HTML Client and want to try LightSwitch for enterprise apps development. – alon
- Never had so much pleasure as I have now develop applications using lightswitch. Perfect !!! – Marden LR
- This has sold me. I’m going to start working with Lightswitch, and see what I can do with it. – Michael
- Forum thread: Kudos
Thanks to everyone — early adopters, community rock stars, and lots of new faces – for helping to make LightSwitch even better!
LightSwitch at TechEd
At TechEd North America Jason Zander announced the LightSwitch HTML client and a couple weeks later at TechEd Europe we made the bits available. Jason showed off some quick demos in both of his keynotes that got us a lot of great press. Jay Schmelzer (Director for Visual Studio BizApp tools and also my manager) also did a few sessions and was interviewed on the Visual Studio Toolbox show. Check out some of the TechEd content we have available online:
- TechEd North America Keynote
- TechEd Europe Keynote
- TechEd Session: What’s New in Visual Studio LightSwitch (North America, Europe)
- TechEd Session: Building Business Applications with Visual Studio LightSwitch
- Visual Studio Toolbox: Interviews with Jay Schmelzer and John Papa
LightSwitch in the News
As a fallout from all the hype around TechEd, the press picked up our announcement and wrote up some news articles which helped get the word out. Some of them were:
- VS Mag: Microsoft Announces New Capabilities for TFS, LightSwitch
- ZDNet: Microsoft adds HTML5 output support to its LightSwitch tool
- HTML5 Report: Microsoft LightSwitch Now Comes with HTML5 Support for Visual Basic 2012
- Developer.com: Lightswitch Gets HTML5 Support
- The Technology Café: Microsoft Launches Visual Studio LightSwitch HTML 5 Output Client
- DZone: Lightswitch & the HTML Client – What Does This Mean?
- Tim Anderson’s ITWriting: Visual Studio LightSwitch to get HTML5 support
LightSwitch on Channel 9
I sat down with Joe Binder, the Senior PM working on the LightSwitch HTML Client, to shoot a video that we launched onto the home page of Channel 9 that got over 25,000 views the first week! In this interview, Joe walks through the design experience and shows us how easy it is to customize the styling and controls.
I recommend watching one of the high quality recordings here so you can see the demo better:
MSDN Magazine Column: Leading LightSwitch
Jan van der Haegen continues his journey into the depths of LightSwitch with his regular column in the June issue:
Leading LightSwitch: Tales of Advanced LightSwitch Client Customizations
Enjoy these tales of creating custom applications that show off the versatility and ease of use LightSwitch offers. You will also get a glimpse of how a real pro works with clients.
More Notable Content this Month
Extensions (see all 89 of them here!):
Xpert360 keeps cranking out the LightSwitch extensions! In June they released an extension that lets you clone screens and queries. This has been a popular request from the community and it’s awesome to see Xpert360 fill this gap:
Samples (see all 82 of them here):
- Publishing LightSwitch Apps to Azure with Visual Studio 2012
- LightSwitch IIS Deployment Enhancements in Visual Studio 2012 – Updated
- Creating Screens with the LightSwitch HTML Client
- The LightSwitch HTML Client: An Architectural Overview
- Anybody ever wanted to clone a LightSwitch Screen?
- Creating reusable modal screens
- Dynamically selecting the startup screen
- First Look At The LightSwitch HTML Client (Preview Version)
- HTML5 Clients – A preview of the HTML5 client features on the way.
- HTML5 is in town! Long live LightSwitch!
- LightSwitch HTML Client Preview – Getting started
- Massage the LightSwitch web.config with web.config transformations
- OData and LightSwitch Book Excerpt – Chapter 1: What Is This Book About?
- OData Services Only – Using LightSwitch to scaffold an oData services only solution.
- Sample Menu
- Setting up the LightSwitch HTML Client Preview in VirtualBox
- Stimulsoft Reporting – Introducing Stimulsoft components for embedded reporting.
- Use LightSwitch to search Employee Details in Active Directory
- Vertical Column Header Text in LightSwitch Grids
- Visual Studio LightSwitch Will Output HTML
- Your Data Everywhere (Part 1 of 3): OData Support in Visual Studio LightSwitch
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)