LightSwitch Community & Content Rollup– May 2013 (+more)

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.

WOW! Am I late on this rollup or what? Sorry folks but I have been travelling and speaking at conferences for the last three weeks. It’s great to be home and get back into my groove. Since we’re more than a third of the way into June I’ll throw in some of the key content & events that happened just last week — like TechEd New Orleans! But first…

LightSwitch JavaScript Runtime Client Update 1

imageIn the beginning of May we released an update to our JavaScript runtime in order to support jQueryMobile 1.3. When we took a bet on jQuery, jQueryMobile, and datajs for our HTML client, we recognized that we’d need to adapt to the rapid release cadence these frameworks employ.  Our response is to start delivering a series of small, servicing releases for our HTML client runtime via NuGet that address known bugs and compatibility issues with emerging versions of jQuery, jQueryMobile, and datajs. 

See this post on the LightSwitch team blog for information on how to update:
Announcing Runtime Update 1 – Supporting jQueryMobile 1.3 

TechEd North America 2013

Last week I spoke at TechEd in New Orleans and delivered a couple LightSwitch sessions highlighting the HTML5 and SharePoint capabilities we added in Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 that was released in early April. The first session was so popular that I was asked to repeat it on the last day of the conference. That LightSwitch session also ranked in the top 10 developer sessions at TechEd! Thanks to all of you who attended – I think I must have spoke to about 400 people last week. Awesome.

Best thing about TechEd is all the content is available online for free! Check out the sessions here:

image Building Modern, HTML5-Based Business Apps on Windows Azure with Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch
image Building Modern, HTML5-based Business Apps for SharePoint 2013 with Visual Studio LightSwitch

Also don’t miss these Hands-on-Labs that you can try out right from your computer, even if you don’t have Visual Studio installed!

DevTeach 10 Year Anniversary

logoIn May I delivered an all-day LightSwitch training class and a couple sessions for DevTeach, a Canadian conference that I’ve been speaking at for 9 years now (even before I joined Microsoft). I was honored to be a part of the 10 year anniversary show in the greater Toronto area. Although DevTeach is a small conference, it always brings in good speakers and I can’t thank the organizer, Jean-René Roy (JR), enough for teaching me the real value of community. His selfless dedication to bringing developer training to Canada over the last decade has definitely inspired me. I feel a close connection to the Canadian developer community and I have made many friends over the years all because of DevTeach. I think D’Arcy Lussier said it best in his post Thoughts on 10 Years of DevTeach.

“The emergence and success of the Canadian Microsoft user group community over the last decade is due, in large part, to DevTeach.”

Thank you JR! Here’s to 10 more years!

MSDN Column – Leading LightSwitch: Hello, Colors

imageIn the May Issue of MSDN Magazine, Jan van der Haegenshows you how you can use CSS to add some theming and branding to your LightSwitch mobile apps to make them more visually appealing.

Read: Leading LightSwitch: Hello, Colors

New Series from Informit on the LightSwitch HTML Client


MVP Alessandro Del Sole has started a series of articles on Informit that introduces the new HTML client in Visual Studio LightSwitch 2012. Part 1 discusses how to use the HTML client to create a line of business apps that can run on any device, including tablets and mobile phones.

Read: Building Mobile, Touch-Oriented Business Apps with the HTML Client in Visual Studio LightSwitch 2012

JavaScript for LightSwitch HTML Client Screens

Alessandro also released an extension in May that places the JavaScript samples we released into easy to use snippets! Now you can insert JavaScript code for common tasks right from within the Visual Studio editor.

Download: JavaScript for LightSwitch HTML Client screens



JavaScript Lessons and More From Michael Washington (

MVP Michael Washington has been on fire (again) by creating How-To blog posts from answers in the forums. Our very own Huy Nguyen has been doing some awesome work in the forums answering JavaScript questions and Michael rolled up the best of the best of these answers into a couple tutorials here. Check them out:

Also make sure to visit our LightSwitch forum if you have questions! And check out more awesome content from Michael below.

More Notable Content this Month

Did I miss anything significant? Post a comment below!

Extensions released this month (see over 100 of them here!):

Samples (see all 100 of them here):

Team Articles:

Community Articles:

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, #VS2012 #LightSwitch)