3rd Party Controls Shout out – Syncfusion for LightSwitch

Visual Studio LightSwitch (Silverlight Client) Syncfusion Controls I’ve seen plenty of questions in that past about how to export data from a LightSwitch app into Word or Excel, or how to do some basic reporting over LightSwitch data. It’s worthwhile mentioning that Syncfusion has got some extensions that should prove useful for these kind of…

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HTML Upload Control For LightSwitch SharePoint Apps!

-(And it’s available through NuGet!) For a while now I’ve been seeing quite a few requests from users for a simple, pluggable, HTML Control that can be used to upload files in a LightSwitch application. What I’m going to do here is show you how you can use a NuGet package to add an HTML…

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ASP.NET SignalR and LightSwitch (VS 2012 Update 2, VS 2013 and later)!!!

 Update – I uploaded the code and project to MSDN Code Gallery here: http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/LightSwitch-and-SignalR-4d7ff7a8   I have updated the article to work with the latest version of SignalR on NuGet (which is currently version 2.0.3) – also feel free to test out this feature here on this website we made to show off SignalR with LightSwitch: http://signalrlightswitchapp.azurewebsites.net/htmlclient/ …

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LightSwitch – 10 Performance Tweaks Anyone Can Do

  “HOW can I improve performance in my LightSwitch app?” – is a question that pops up in the MSDN Forums frequently enough (like here and here). I’ve got some basic tips below that show how to make some some simple tweaks to your LightSwitch app that could improve your performance: 1) Non active “tabs”…

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Finding Your LightSwitch Produced OData Services (Visual Studio 2012)

With the latest version of LightSwitch in Visual Studio 2012 you can now consume as well as produce OData services from the data sources managed by the LightSwitch middle-tier.  But if we want to interact with the OData services that LightSwitch produces we need to know how to reference them directly. We’re going to learn…

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OData Apps in LightSwitch (With Custom RIA Data Sources and Many to Many!), Part 3

Update again: Attaching to a database to many to many relationships is now supported (in Visual Studio 2012 RTM) and the relationships will display in the entity designer just like any other relationship.  As a result it’s possible to do the below scenario without a RIA Data Source and instead just use LightSwitch built in…

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OData Apps In LightSwitch, Part 2

Hey All, I wanted to continue making some improvements to the OData Application we started in my last post OData Apps in LightSwitch, Part 1 (which also has the sample project uploaded in VB.NET now). At the end of the last post we had: attached to a public OData feed and pulled in data for…

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OData Apps In LightSwitch, Part 1

Oh, Data! One of the cooler features that comes with LightSwitch in Visual Studio 11 Beta is it’s support for attaching to OData Services and exposing it’s own data as an OData Service. OData stands for Open Data Protocol.  It’s an open protocol that defines how to expose your data for querying and updating.  This…

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How Do I: Import and Store a Data File

Today’s post is going to be a short one about how to import a file through a Visual Studio LightSwitch application (Desktop or Web) and store the data on the backend (e.g. SQL Server). Sometimes we want to upload files in binary format and store them in the database, like a Word document or PDF…

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How Do I: Import Data While Running a LightSwitch Web Application

Importing data into a Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch application can be a bit tricky, especially if we are talking about a LightSwitch web application.  Since I’ve heard several people ask how to import data using a web application, I figured now would be a good time to blog about this. I’m going to teach you…

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