Beginning LightSwitch in VS 2013 Part 3: Screen Templates, Which One Do I Choose?

NOTE: This is the Visual Studio 2013 update of the popular Beginning LightSwitch article series. For previous versions see: Visual Studio 2012: Part 3: Screen Templates, Which One Do I Choose? Visual Studio 2010: Part 3: Screen Templates, Which One Do I Choose? Welcome to Part 3 of the Beginning LightSwitch in Visual Studio 2013… Read more

How to Use a Picker as a Filter in your LightSwitch apps

I’ve gotten more than a few questions over the last couple months on how to do this common pattern for filtering data based on a picker. For instance, I have a table of customers and I want to pick from a list and then pull up their details. Or say I have a list of… Read more

LightSwitch Tip: A Simple Way to Check User Permissions from the HTML Client

UPDATE 4/17: If you’re not afraid to write some code, here’s a more robust way to get all the user permissions with one database call into the HTML client and use via JavaScript on any screen: Using LightSwitch ServerApplicationContext and WebAPI to Get User Permissions —————- Those of you that have been working with LightSwitch… Read more

Master-Detail Screens with the LightSwitch HTML Client

Since we released the latest version of the LightSwitch HTML Client a couple weeks ago, the team has been cranking out some awesome content on the LightSwitch Team blog around the new capabilities as well as some good How-To’s. And there’s a lot more coming! If you’re just getting started with the HTML client, see:… Read more

Beginning LightSwitch in VS 2012 Part 3: Screen Templates, Which One Do I Choose?

NOTE: This is the Visual Studio 2012 version of the popular Beginning LightSwitch article series. For other versions see: Visual Studio 2013 & HTML Client: Part 3: Screen Templates, Which One Do I Choose? Visual Studio 2010: Part 3: Screen Templates, Which One Do I Choose? Welcome to Part 3 of the Beginning LightSwitch in… Read more

LightSwitch Screen Tips: Scrollbars and Splitters

Often times in business applications we have a lot of information to present on a screen, and depending on the user’s screen resolution that information may scroll off the page. Visual Studio LightSwitch’s screen templates are set to automatically apply a vertical scrollbar to screens when this happens, however, sometimes we rather allow the user… Read more

Using Different Edit Screens Based on Record Types (Table Inheritance)

I had a reader ask a question this week on how to use Visual Studio LightSwitch to open different Edit Detail screens based on the “type” of record. This is a very common thing to do especially for data models that use table inheritance (or sub-tables). For instance say we are building an application for… Read more

Creating Cascading Drop Down Lists in Visual Studio LightSwitch

A common technique on data entry screens is using one “drop down list” (called an auto-complete box in LightSwitch) as a filter into the next. This limits the amount of choices that need to be brought down and guides the user into easily locating values. This technique is also useful if you have cascading filtered… Read more

Beginning LightSwitch Part 3: Screen Templates, Which One Do I Choose?

NOTE: This is the Visual Studio 2010 version of the popular Beginning LightSwitch article series. For other versions see: Visual Studio 2013 & HTML Client: Part 3: Screen Templates, Which One Do I Choose? Visual Studio 2012: Part 3: Screen Templates, Which One Do I Choose? Welcome to Part 3 of the Beginning LightSwitch series!… 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