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

Calling ASP.NET Web API from a LightSwitch Silverlight Client

Before I left for a wonderful vacation camping in Lake Tahoe :) I showed you how you can use Web API with your LightSwitch middle-tier service in order to call stored procedures in your databases. I also showed you how we’ve improved database management in Visual Studio 2013 with the addition of SQL Server Data… Read more

Calling Stored Procs in your LightSwitch Databases using Web API

Last post I showed you a new LightSwitch feature in Visual Studio 2013 Preview that let’s you use SSDT database projects to manage your intrinsic (internal) LightSwitch database. You can use database projects to do all sorts of things to the intrinsic database that aren’t supported via the data designer, like add indexes, write stored… 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

Theming a LightSwitch SharePoint App with ThemeRoller

One of the many great benefits of building HTML clients with LightSwitch is that you can easily change the theme of your apps with standard CSS. When you install the HTML Client Preview 2 you get two themes to choose from, a dark theme (the default in Preview 2) and a light theme. However you… Read more

Enabling .NET Framework 4.5 on LightSwitch Server Projects

With LightSwitch in Visual Studio 2012 (a.k.a LightSwitch V2) your server projects target the .NET Framework 4.0. This was a conscious decision on the team’s part in order to allow V2 applications to be deployed to the same servers running V1 applications with no fuss. Additionally the LightSwitch runtime takes no dependency on .NET 4.5,… Read more

Get Started Building SharePoint Apps in Minutes with LightSwitch

I’ve dabbled in SharePoint 2010 development in the past by using Visual Studio. In fact, I wrote a fair share of articles and samples about it. However I’ve been slacking when it comes to really learning the new app model in SharePoint 2013. I’ve got a good understanding of the architecture, have played with Napa… Read more

Most Popular LightSwitch Team Blog Posts of 2012

I was doing some content analysis this morning for this blog and the LightSwitch team blog and I thought it would be fun to list off the most viewed LightSwitch team articles of 2012. Then I thought it would probably be helpful to also look at the most popular “How Do I” videos on the… Read more

Trip Report: Eastern Canada LightSwitch Speaking Tour

Wow! What a great trip! I got back late last week from an amazing 10-day tour through eastern Canada (and Vermont) spreading the LightSwitch love. Thanks to all the user group leaders, conference organizers, and friends who made this trip possible. I was happy to see the great turnout at all the events and warm… Read more

LightSwitch Community & Content Rollup–November 2012

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. I realize I’m a couple days late for this one but I’ve been travelling a lot lately…. Read more