Last year 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.
Visual Studio 2012 Launch Event
In August, engineering was completed on Visual Studio 2012 and we released the download to the web. In September, marketing organized the launch events and created a website where you can download short demonstrations on all the new features. Our very own Joe Binder from the LightSwitch team did a demo on some of the new features you can find in Visual Studio 2012.
Get Started with LightSwitch (Articles, Samples, Starter Kits, and more)
New “How Do I” Videos Released
In August we revamped the LightSwitch Developer Center and merged it with the Visual Studio Developer Center so content would be easier to find. In September we released new “How Do I” videos on the center that teach you some of the new features of this release. This is just a start and I promise I’m recording more :-).
In this video, see how you can get a jump start building applications using the LightSwitch Starter Kits. Starter Kits are project templates that help get you started building specific LightSwitch applications. You can download them right from the within Visual Studio and once installed they show up in your “New Project” dialog. Using the Starter Kits can help you learn about LightSwitch as well as get you started off right with a basic data model, queries and screens that you can customize further.
One of the new features added to LightSwitch in Visual Studio 2012 is the ability to consume OData services. Odata stands for “Open Data Protocol” and is a standard protocol for accessing data over the web. Many businesses use OData today as a means of exchanging data easily. In this video, see how you can take advantage of OData services in order to enhance your application’s functionality.
One of the new features added to LightSwitch in Visual Studio 2012 is the ability to create OData services. Odata stands for “Open Data Protocol” and is a standard protocol for accessing data over the web. OData services can then be consumed from a variety of clients from a variety of platforms. In this video, see how you can create and expose smart data services to other clients using LightSwitch.
And as we add more videos you can find them on the “How Do I?” video page here — so check back often!
Events Coming Up
We’ve got some events coming up where the team will be speaking on LightSwitch. I’ll be touring eastern Canada in December and the tour is still coming together so I’ll add more locations & details as those materialize. Hope to see you there!
- Oct 4th – 5th: DevReach 2012 (Sophia, Bulgaria)
- Oct 6th – 7th: Silicon Valley Code Camp (Los Altos, CA)
- Dec 5th: East of Toronto .NET UG (Pickering, ON)
- Dec 6th: Ottawa IT Community User Group (Ottawa, ON)
- Dec. 11th: Vermont.NET User Group (Winooski, VT)
- Dec 10th – 11th: DevTeach 2012 (Montreal, QC)
More Notable Content this Month
Extensions (see over 100 of them here!):
- With the release of Visual Studio 2012, NetAdvantage for Visual Studio LightSwitch has updated.
Samples (see all 89 of them here):
- LightSwitch Course Manager End-to-End Application (Visual Studio 2012)
- Beginning LightSwitch in VS 2012 – Address Book Sample
- Visual Studio LightSwitch Books
- Silicon Valley Code Camp October 6th & 7th
- LightSwitch in Visual Studio 2012 – New “How Do I” Videos Released!
- Visual Studio 2012 Launch: Building Business Apps with LightSwitch
Huge shout out to Paul van Bladel for pumping out so many articles this month!
- (Un)deleting me softly
- A Visual Studio LightSwitch Picture File Manager
- A gentle introduction to the semantic zoom pivot viewer in LightSwitch
- Adding in the LightSwitch pivot viewer an adorner for communicating with the regular lightswitch screens
- Adding semantic zoom to the LightSwitch pivot viewer
- Attaching a debugger to the silverlight client of a deployed LightSwitch app
- Eager loading related entities in LightSwitch 2012 in a custom control
- Extending the LightSwitch pivotviewer with colored cards and slider based numeric filtering
- Full Audit trail solution updated to LightSwitch 2012
- Getting data from your Lightswitch application on Windows Azure
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: