Trip Report: TechDays Netherlands 2013

Last week I had the pleasure of speaking at TechDays in The Hague, Netherlands. It was my fourth time speaking there and as always the show does not disappoint! Held at the World Forum, the venue is big, bright and flashy. Check out the session recordings as they become available on Channel 9. I had… Read more

LightSwitch OData Tip: Easily Expose Many-to-Many Relationships using Queries

The other day I got an email from a good friend trying to expose a many-to-many relationship via his LightSwitch OData service. He was trying to recreate a feed similar to the one at http://odata.msteched.com/teau12/sessions.svc/ using LightSwitch. What he wanted to see was a list of all the speakers for a given session, but there’s… Read more

Trip Report–DevReach Bulgaria & Silicon Valley Code Camp

Last week I had the pleasure of speaking at DevReach in Sofia Bulgaria. I’ve spoken at DevReach before and it’s always a great conference organized by Telerik. What I like most about it is that there tends to be more women at this conference than I am used to seeing in the states — very… Read more

LightSwitch Takes the Stage on the Visual Studio Toolbox Show on Channel9

Last week while I was up in Redmond I met up with Robert Green, the host of the Visual Studio Toolbox show on Channel 9, to show off some of the new features in LightSwitch in Visual Studio 2012 like OData support, the new Cosmo shell, row level security, and more. I also show off… Read more

LightSwitch Tips & Tricks on Query Performance

LightSwitch allows you to connect to multiple data sources, relate them together, and create screens to edit the data. These data sources can be a variety of databases like SQL Server and SQL Azure, SharePoint, and custom RIA services. With the release of Visual Studio 11 Beta, the next version of LightSwitch also allows you… Read more

LightSwitch Companion Client Examples using OData

One of the biggest features with LightSwitch in Visual Studio 11 is the Open Data Protocol (OData) support. OData is a standard Web protocol for exchanging data on the web which provides easy, secure access into data stores. Not only can you consume OData services in LightSwitch, the middle-tier services are also now exposed as… Read more

Creating and Consuming LightSwitch OData Services

NOTE: This information applies to LightSwitch in Visual Studio 2012. In the next version of LightSwitch, we’ve added support for OData services, both consuming external services as well as producing services from the LightSwitch middle-tier. The Open Data Protocol (OData) standardizes the way we communicate with data services over the web. Many enterprises today use OData… Read more

Enhance Your LightSwitch Applications with OData

NOTE: This information applies to LightSwitch in Visual Studio 2012. As John announced on the LightSwitch Team Blog, the next version of Visual Studio will include LightSwitch right in the box and there are a lot of awesome new features. My personal favorite is the Open Data Protocol (OData) services support. LightSwitch can now consume… Read more

Trip Report: TechEd North America, Atlanta Georgia

Last week I spoke at TechEd North America in lovely Atlanta, Georgia. Always an amazing (and huge) conference, this year was a little more special for me as one of the faces of Visual Studio LightSwitch, the newest edition of the Visual Studio family, which had a lot of great presence and excitement at TechEd…. Read more

Trip Report: Microsoft Days, Bulgaria

Recently I spoke at MS Days in Sofia, Bulgaria on a couple different programming topics. This is the second time I’ve been to Sofia, the first time was last October for DevReach. I really like Bulgaria and Bulgarians are super friendly, smart, tech-savvy, and on average the attendees were pretty young which was very cool…. Read more