Announcing LightSwitch in Visual Studio 2013 Release Candidate!

The release candidate for Visual Studio 2013 is available for download! The release candidate bundles many of the features we mentioned in the Visual Studio 2013 Preview—such as better support for team development and a refined Solution Explorer experience—with some noteworthy additions that were requested in the forums. Download: Visual Studio 2013 RC I am… Read more

The Cosmopolitan shell and theme source code is released!

We’ve released the source code for the Cosmopolitan shell and theme, allowing you use the default LightSwitch 2012 shell and theme as starting points for your own custom shells and themes. You can download the source here. Custom LightSwitch shells and themes are topics that crop up commonly on customer visits and in the forums,… Read more

Custom Controls and Data Binding in the LightSwitch HTML Client (Joe Binder)

Custom JavaScript controls allow you to create user experiences that are tailored to specific use cases and business needs. Given the wealth of code samples, control frameworks, and partner control offerings available today, we wanted to ensure that existing controls could be used as-is within the LightSwitch HTML client. Having heard some great feedback through… Read more

A New API for LightSwitch Server Interaction: The ServerApplicationContext (Joe Binder)

Although the team has focused on building the LightSwitch HTML client and SharePoint 2013 applications recently, supporting existing scenarios remains a top priority. We’ve tried to balance our new investments with solutions to roadblocks and pain points in Visual Studio 2012 that we’ve heard consistently through the forums and through direct customer chats. Some of… Read more

Visual Studio 2012 Launch: Building Business Apps with LightSwitch (Joe Binder)

As you probably heard, yesterday was the online launch event for the release of Visual Studio 2012! If you missed the live keynotes you can watch them on demand on the Visual Studio 2012 Launch site. There are also a ton of recordings available on the major new features in Visual Studio 2012, just head… Read more

Writing JavaScript Code in LightSwitch (Joe Binder)

UPDATE December 6th, 2012: With the release of HTML Client Preview 2 some of the code in this article may not work correctly. For updated information please see: Custom Controls and Data Binding in the LightSwitch HTML Client —- With the HTML Client Preview finally available, we thought it’d be useful to drill into the… Read more

Creating Screens with the LightSwitch HTML Client (Joe Binder)

Beth and I touched on a few of the new features of the upcoming HTML client for LightSwitch in our Channel 9 video chat last week, but I thought it’d be worthwhile to cover each topic in more detail. Today I’ll walk through the application user model and screen development, then follow-up with in-depth posts… Read more

Early Look at the Visual Studio LightSwitch HTML Client (Joe Binder, Beth Massi)

Check it out, we just posted a video on Channel 9. In this interview, Joe Binder (Program Manager on the LightSwitch Team) gives us an early preview of where the team is headed with supporting HTML clients. He walks through the design experience as well as showing us how easy it is to customize styling… Read more

Announcing the LightSwitch HTML Client!

We are thrilled to announce our upcoming support for building cross-browser, mobile web clients with Visual Studio LightSwitch! The new HTML5 and JavaScript-based client is an important companion to our Silverlight-based desktop client that addresses the increasing need to build touch-oriented business applications that run well on modern mobile devices. When we began work on… Read more

LightSwitch Team Interviews, Podcasts & Videos

Have a long commute to work or want something to watch on your lunch break? Catch the team in these audio and video interviews! Podcasts – CodeCast Episode 88: LightSwitch for .NET Developers with Jay Schmelzer MSDN Radio: Visual Studio LightSwitch with John Stallo and Jay Schmelzer MSDN Radio: Switching the Lights on with Beth… Read more