Channel 9 Interview: Building an Outlook Mail App using the "Napa" Office 365 Development Tools

If you haven’t heard, the new Office & SharePoint 2013 Developer Preview has a brand new development model that should make it a lot easier and flexible to build consumer and enterprise applications running within Office & SharePoint. Based on web technologies like HTML5, XML, CSS3, JavaScript, and REST APIs, you can use your existing… Read more

Beginning LightSwitch in VS 2012 Part 6: Go beyond the box. Customizing LightSwitch Apps with Extensions

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 6: More Control! Customizing the app with JavaScript & CSS (Coming Soon!) Visual Studio 2010: Part 6: I Feel Pretty! Customizing the "Look and Feel" with Themes Welcome to… Read more

New and Improved Office Integration Pack Extension for LightSwitch

I’ve been a big fan of Office development for a few years and have been keeping tabs on the free Office Integration Pack extension for LightSwitch from Grid Logic since it released almost a year ago. In fact, I used it in the latest VS 2012 version of my Contoso Construction sample application. Back in… 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

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

Using Word to Create Master-Detail Reports for LightSwitch (or Silverlight)

A while back a posted how to use Word to create simple reports for LightSwitch by passing in an entity (like Customer) and using Word Content Controls to lay out content in a template and bind them to XML inside the document. If you missed it: Using Microsoft Word to Create Reports For LightSwitch (or… Read more

How to Send Automated Appointments from a LightSwitch Application

Last article I wrote about how you could automate Outlook to send appointments from a button on a screen in a LightSwitch application. If you missed it: How To Create Outlook Appointments from a LightSwitch Application That solution automates Outlook to create an appointment from entity data on a LightSwitch screen and allows the user… Read more

How To Create Outlook Appointments from a LightSwitch Application

Last post I showed how to create email in a couple different ways, one of them being from the LightSwitch UI on the client side that used COM to automate Outlook to create an email. If you missed it here it is: How To Send HTML Email from a LightSwitch Application This generated some questions… Read more

How To Send HTML Email from a LightSwitch Application

A while back Paul Patterson wrote an awesome step-by-step blog post based on a forum question on how to send an automated email using System.Net.Mail from LightSwitch. If you missed it here it is: Microsoft LightSwitch – Send an Email from LightSwitch This is a great solution if you want to send email in response… Read more

Using Microsoft Word to Create Reports For LightSwitch (or Silverlight)

Note: This post has been updated for Beta 2 on 3/24/2011 LightSwitch has a really nice feature on data grids that allow you to export them to Excel if running as a Desktop application (out of browser). This gives you a basic way of getting data out of the system to create reports or do… Read more