Where We Are and the Road Ahead

A few weeks ago at Connect() in New York, we made several announcements around the future of .NET & Visual Studio. We announced that we’re making the .NET Core server stack open source and cross-platform, with Microsoft supported distributions for Windows, Linux and MacOS. We introduced Visual Studio Community 2013, a free IDE that supports… Read more

Develop LightSwitch and Cloud Business Apps using Visual Studio Community 2013

One of the key announcements at the Connect(); event today was the release of Visual Studio Community 2013, a new, free edition of Visual Studio. It allows a broader set of developers to use Visual Studio to target any platform, from desktop and mobile to web and cloud with fully-featured editing and debugging support. Visual… Read more

How to Export Data to Microsoft Word with the LightSwitch HTML Client – Part 3 (Elizabeth Maher)

In the previous articles, we have covered how to add a web controller to the Server project that can route requests and allow use to generate a Word document with record details using OpenXml and return it to the client. If you missed them: How to Export Data to Microsoft Word with the LightSwitch HTML… Read more

LightSwitch Community and Content Rollup – August 2014

Notable Content this Month With the close of summer, the LightSwitch community has been cranking out useful content.  We have several articles and even a new extension and a new sample for this month’s rollup. If you have missed past content rollups, you can check them all out here: LightSwitch Community & Content Rollups.  Did… Read more

How to Export Data to Microsoft Word with the LightSwitch HTML Client – Part 2 (Elizabeth Maher)

The last article covered how to add a web controller to the LightSwitch server project to create and return a generated report in a Word document using the Open XML SDK for Office. However, the report we created is not one that would be considered pleasing to the eye. In this article, we will fix… Read more

How to Export Data to Microsoft Word with the LightSwitch HTML Client – Part 1 (Elizabeth Maher)

First, let me thank everyone for all the wonderful ideas for blog posts. In appreciation, I have decided to write about one of the most requested topics – how  do I take data and generate a beautiful Word document? In this article, we will cover how to create Web API Controller that uses the LightSwitchServerContext… Read more

Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 Released & July Content Rollup

Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 Released! The latest update for Visual Studio 2013 is now available for download.  You can read about all the new features on the Visual Studio blog, Soma’s blog and Brian Harry’s blog.  There are some important changes to the publishing of SharePoint apps.  Specifically, the autohosted app for SharePoint program… Read more

LightSwitch Community and Content Rollup – June 2014

June provided another great month of articles and samples. If you have missed past content rollups, you can check them all out here: LightSwitch Community & Content Rollups. App-Stitch Jan Van der Haegen announced ‘his new baby,’ www.app-stitch.com this month. In his own words “If LightSwitch was designed to take 80% off your development time… Read more

Azure Web Site Enhancements

Hopefully you already know that publishing your LightSwitch app or Cloud Business App to an Azure Web site is the quickest and easiest way to get your app published. You may not know, however, about some recent enhancements in Visual Studio that also make it easier to manage and interact with Azure Web Sites. Create… Read more

Debugging your LightSwitch Application in Microsoft Azure Web Sites

You have built a LightSwitch application and deployed it to an Azure Web Site and everything is working as expected. One day you receive a call that your application is not functioning as it should be. What should you do? In this article, I’ll show how you can debug your LightSwitch application when it is… Read more