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

Attaching to SQL Views

In Visual Studio 2013 Update 2  (as well as Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2013 – March 2014 Update) some enhancements are available in the area of attaching to SQL Views.  These enhancements were made based on the feedback we received from the community.  With this update, you can now model the primary key for attached SQL… Read more

Install Visual Studio 2013 Update 2

TechEd 2014 is going on this week in Houston, Texas and there have been many exciting announcements from all over Microsoft. You can read about all the exciting developer-focused announcements on Soma’s blog: Mobile-first, Cloud-first Development – Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 released, Visual Studio Apache Cordova Tooling preview and the future of .NET for… Read more

Improvements in Working with Large Data Sources

Business apps typically need to connect to large data sources and schemas. That’s why in the Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2013 – March 2014 Update we’ve done a lot of work to improve the experience for working with large data models in both LightSwitch projects and Cloud Business Apps. In addition to improving… Read more

New “How Do I…?” Videos and other Resources for Building Cloud Business Apps (Beth Massi)

We released the Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2013 – March 2014 Update on Monday which contains a ton of new features for Office 365 Cloud Business Apps and LightSwitch projects as well as apps for Office & SharePoint in Visual Studio 2013. If you haven’t done so already, please install this free update!… Read more

Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2013 – March 2014 Update

Today at SharePoint Conference 2014, the Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2013 – March 2014 Update was made available to download. This update contains a ton of new features that improves support for Office 365 Cloud Business Apps and LightSwitch projects as well as apps for Office & SharePoint in Visual Studio 2013. Read… Read more

Tips and Tricks for Lync Integration (Nicole Haugen, Ravi Eda)

The Person Viewer and Person Picker controls were introduced in Visual Studio 2013 to support the Person data type which makes it easy to manage people-related data in your application. These controls depend on various components such as SharePoint, Lync, ActiveX and browser settings in order for them to display properly. Knowing a few simple… Read more

Customizing the Table Control: Sortable by Column (Kevin Mehlhaff)

The Table control is a new way to display a collection of data in the LightSwitch HTML Client as of Visual Studio 2013. Like all controls in the LightSwitch HTML client, you can take over the rendering and write your own custom code. Today we will be leveraging the power of the LightSwitch middle tier… Read more

All About Newsfeeds With Your Cloud Business App (Nicole Haugen)

Cloud Business Apps in Visual Studio 2013 allow you to easily integrate with SharePoint and use the Office 365 collaboration and social features – including newsfeeds.  You can now expose entity data in your app as a newsfeed so that users can choose to follow your app and receive posts to their personal newsfeed each… Read more

Automatic Row Tracking with Visual Studio 2013 (Amr Altahlawi)

As databases are used by many applications and many users within those applications, it’s a common practice to log when data was created or last modified. In addition to knowing when the data was changed, knowing who changed the data is a common requirement in business applications. LightSwitch in Visual Studio 2013 introduced a new… Read more