LightSwitch Community & Content Rollup–December 2012

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.

I realize I’m a week late for this one but like most folks I’ve been on vacation for the holidays. HAPPY NEW YEAR from all of us on the LightSwitch team! It’s great to be back to work and I’m looking forward to a happy, healthy, and geeky 2013. Although December is normally a very quiet month, a lot of goodness around Visual Studio LightSwitch happened. Check it out!

LightSwitch Cosmopolitan Shell Source Code Released!

imageI know it took a while (we were tied up in some mumbo jumbo with our legal department) but we finally released the source code to the LightSwitch Cosmo Shell! This is the default shell used in new LightSwitch projects created with Visual Studio 2012.  If you want to tweak the current theme & shell to suit your specific needs, this will give you a great starting point with this easily customizable sample. The code and XAML is structured to facilitate making incremental changes to the default shell.


Check out the LightSwitch Team Blog for details: The Cosmopolitan shell and theme source code is released!

LightSwitch Speaking Tour = Success!

In December I travelled all around Eastern Canada (and Vermont) spreading the LightSwitch love. If you missed my trip report, you can read it here – Trip Report: Eastern Canada LightSwitch Speaking Tour

Some key takeaways for me:

  • A lot of developers had misconceptions about LightSwitch and had never tried it themselves but were immediately impressed with what it could do once I showed them
  • Adding mobile HTML as an alternate client can really fill a gap in the development community. Most developers I spoke with are being “forced” to learn JavaScript & HTML to keep up with business demands and the plethora of mobile devices being used in the enterprise.
  • Being able to use LightSwitch as a way to build and deploy data services to Azure is very compelling for native (Win8, iOS, Android, etc.) developers. They can quickly create the shared backend services and concentrate on the clients.

For more, read on….

Update available for WCF Data Services

An update was made available for WCF Data Services 5.0.0 in December which includes some important updates and bug fixes. If you are using LightSwitch in Visual Studio 2012 we encourage you install this update. Read more about it here: Update available for WCF Data Services 5.0.0

More Notable Content this Month

Samples (see all 96 of them here):

Team Articles:

In December, the team continued to write articles on how to write JavaScript with the HTML Client Preview.( We promise we have a lot more on the way!) A couple of our devs also wrote up some tips & tricks posts…

Community Articles:

I was on a pretty long vacation this month so I may have missed some articles of note. If so, feel free to add a comment below. Many thanks to all our rock star bloggers for contributing in December, particularly Michael Washington!

Top Forum Answerers

Thanks to all our contributors to the LightSwitch forums on MSDN. Thank you for helping make the LightSwitch community a better place. Another huge shout out to Yann Duran who consistently provides help in our General forum!

Top 5 forum answerers in December:

User Name



Yann Duran 20 5
Paul Van Bladel 7 2
David Kidder – MSFT 5 2
Konrad Neitzel 3 2
Xpert360 4 1

Keep up the great work guys!

LightSwitch Team Community Sites

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LightSwitch MSDN Forums
LightSwitch Developer Center
LightSwitch Team Blog
LightSwitch on Twitter (@VSLightSwitch, #VS2012 #LightSwitch)