Common Validation Rules in LightSwitch Business Applications

Checking the validity of data input is a common requirement for any application that interacts with humans (and other systems), particularly business applications. I’ve never seen or written a data-entry application without implementing common validation rules for inputting data. LightSwitch has many ways to implement validation declaratively through the data designer as well as supporting… Read more

LightSwitch Community & Content Rollup–October 2011

Last month I started posting a rollup of interesting community happenings, content, and sites popping up. Particularly last month we had an explosion of extensions and a great list of community sites to check out: LightSwitch Community & Content Rollup–September Here’s a rollup of October tricks and treats! “LightSwitch Star” Contest Do you have what… Read more

Talking LightSwitch in the South Bay on Wednesday Nov. 2nd

I’ll be speaking about LightSwitch next Wednesday in Mountain View so if you’re in the area come on out and I’ll show you what LightSwitch can do for you! See how to build business applications in light speed…. Building Business Applications in Light Speed with Visual Studio LightSwitch When: Wednesday, 11/2/2011 at 6:00 PM Where:… Read more

How to Connect to and Diagram your SQL Express Database in Visual Studio LightSwitch

Visual Studio LightSwitch makes it easy to create and model database tables using the Data Designer. With this designer you have a simple interface into the Tables, Columns and Relationships that make up your data model. When you create tables this way, under the covers LightSwitch creates a SQL Express database file at design time…. Read more

LightSwitch Tips & Tricks on dnrTV

Check it out, I’m back with the always entertaining Carl Franklin on dnrTV showing some tips and tricks you can use in your screens and queries. See how you can add command bars to any control, create custom search screens, pass parameters into queries, and fine-tune the layout of your screens. Watch: Beth Massi on… Read more

Customizing the LightSwitch Time Tracker Starter Kit

Visual Studio LightSwitch released with a set of 7 Starter Kits that people can use as starting points for their own applications. You can download them or install them directly in Visual Studio LightSwitch using the Extension Manager. Take a look at Robert Green’s Visual Studio Toolbox episode for more info. One of the Starter… Read more

Resources from Silicon Valley Code Camp LightSwitch Sessions

Thanks to Peter Kellner and all the folks that made for another extraordinary Silicon Valley Code Camp this year! There were over 2300 people that came to Foothill college in Los Altos this weekend. And what gorgeous weather we had!    Thanks to all those folks who came out to my LightSwitch talks Saturday afternoon,… Read more

“I Command You!” – LightSwitch Screen Commands Tips & Tricks

In this post I wanted to pull together some command tips that seem common when building features into the screens in your business applications. Some of them are floating around on the LightSwitch forums, community blogs, and samples but I thought having these in one place would be easier for folks. I use these techniques… Read more

LightSwitch Community & Content Rollup–September

Now that the Visual Studio LightSwitch community is really growing I thought I’d start posting some of the cool articles, videos, samples and extensions I find each month. What’s great about a blog post is if I miss something you can just add it to the comment thread below :-). First off, here are the… Read more

Fun with the Office Integration Pack Extension for LightSwitch

Last week Grid Logic released a FREE LightSwitch extension called the Office Integration Pack which has quickly risen to the second most popular LightSwitch extension on VS Gallery! It lets you populate documents and spreadsheets with data, create email and appointments with Outlook, import data from Excel, create PDFs, and a bunch of other stuff… Read more