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All about Microsoft Visual Studio Silverlight LightSwitch
By Michael Washington on 5/22/2012 8:22 PM
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Today I had a email conversation with Delordson Kallon and he mentioned that between the Themes and Shells (in both versions of Visual Studio LightSwitch) he has 140 different LightSwitch products! This easily makes him the largest LightSwitch vender, no one else comes close.

His latest Theme Collection includes the JetFlow, JetStream,...
By Michael Washington on 5/17/2012 5:59 AM
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Visual Studio LightSwitch uses the standard ASP.NET Membership provider. This allows you to create web applications that can manage the LightSwitch users and roles. Integration with LightSwitch and ASP.NET has been covered in: Integrating LightSwitch Into An ASPNET Application To Provide Single Sign On. This article starts with the application created for that...
By Michael Washington on 5/9/2012 11:05 PM
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The first Southern California LightSwitch User’s Group meeting was a success. The group was formed a month ago after I made an announcement in the LightSwitch Help Website forums: (Anyone want to form a Southern California LightSwitch User Group?). We had 7 members attend our first...
By Michael Washington on 5/6/2012 6:35 AM

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Visual Studio LightSwitch (In Visual Studio 11 Beta) allows you to access your LightSwitch application via OData. This provides access to the security and business rules of your LightSwitch application.

In this article we will demonstrate using Windows Phone 7 to create an application that will cover Creating, Reading, Updating, and Deleting data (otherwise known as CRUD) in LightSwitch

By Michael Washington on 4/29/2012 6:23 PM

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Visual Studio LightSwitch in Visual Studio 11 allows you to communicate directly with the LightSwitch business layer (business rules, custom code, security), though OData. This allows you to use LightSwitch as the orchestrating control for any enterprise application or deployment.

In this example, we will demonstrate, using Visual Studio LightSwitch, an application to monitor and send messages to a Unity 3D online game…

By Michael Washington on 4/23/2012 8:39 PM

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Consuming OData in Visual Studio LightSwitch in Visual Studio 2011 is very easy. When you consume an OData service in LightSwitch, its Entities that you import behave like any other LightSwitch data source (such as Internal Entities, external SQL tables, and WCF RIA Services). This allows you to easily create mash-ups where you combine different data sources to create an application.

In this example, we will create an application that allows us to add our own reviews to the movies in the Netflix catalog…

By Michael Washington on 4/23/2012 3:57 PM

Finally a well written article that talks about LightSwitch (also I am quoted in it several times):

Everyone’s aiming for the “citizen developer,” but lately that elusive customer has led Microsoft on a snipe hunt. With LightSwitch, the company has a rapid application development (RAD) tool, that no one—not even Redmond or its partners—seems to know quite what to do with...

Read the full article at this link.

By Michael Washington on 4/18/2012 9:37 PM

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The LightSwitch Silverlight screens allow you to easily group and total data. The LightSwitch OData services return one Entity collection at a time. This makes grouping and totaling across Entity collections difficult. Using WCF RIA Services provides a clean elegant solution…

By Michael Washington on 4/14/2012 5:42 PM
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Visual Studio LightSwitch (In Visual Studio 11 Beta) allows you to access your LightSwitch application via OData. This provides access to the security and business rules of your LightSwitch application.

In this article we will demonstrate using JQuery, DataJs and KnockoutJs to create a page that will cover Creating, Reading,...
By Michael Washington on 4/12/2012 5:43 AM

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One tool that you can use to browse your LightSwitch in Visual Studio 2011 Beta OData feeds is LinqPad. Another one is the Silverlight OData Explorer

By Michael Washington on 4/10/2012 9:33 PM
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Visual Studio LightSwitch (In Visual Studio 11 Beta) allows you to access your LightSwitch application via OData. This provides access to the security and business rules of your LightSwitch application.

This article is a continuation of the article: Calling LightSwitch 2011 OData Using Server Side Code. In that article...
By Michael Washington on 4/6/2012 8:26 AM
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Visual Studio LightSwitch Beta in Visual Studio 2011, allows you to create applications that can communicate with LightSwitch using OData. This allows you to create applications, such an Android mobile application, that communicate with the LightSwitch business layer. This provides access to the LightSwitch security and business rules.

In this example, when a user uses the application and calls LightSwitch, they will only see their own Orders (unless they are in the administrator role, then they...
By Michael Washington on 4/3/2012 5:27 AM
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Xpert 360 has released a new LightSwitch extension, Lightning Dynamics CRM Data Source, that allows LightSwitch to connect to Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online. It allows LightSwitch to connect to 40 Dynamics CRM entities. The unusual thing is that currently the product is free:

“We...
By Michael Washington on 3/21/2012 12:25 AM
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Visual Studio LightSwitch 2011 (In Visual Studio 11) allows you to access your LightSwitch application via OData. This allows you to access the business layer and security of your LightSwitch application. It also allows your LightSwitch application to communicate with web pages, mobile clients (IPad, Android, Windows Phone) and other clients such as Excel PowerPivot.

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By Michael Washington on 3/6/2012 6:32 AM
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When you have Visual Studio LightSwitch 2010 (the released version) and Visual Studio LightSwitch 2011 (the Beta version) on the same machine, you may have a problem installing some extensions.

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By Michael Washington on 3/2/2012 5:00 PM
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I had the pleasure to talk with my friend Alessandro Del Sole who has released his new book…
By Michael Washington on 3/1/2012 11:02 PM

In LightSwitch 2011, the team ripped out the guts and replaced the WCF RIA engine with an OData engine. The following are some techniques to observe how LightSwitch communicates using OData

By Michael Washington on 3/1/2012 12:43 AM

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Visual Studio LightSwitch 2011 (In Visual Studio 11) allows you to access your LightSwitch data via OData. This allows your LightSwitch application to communicate with web pages, mobile clients (IPad, Android, Windows Phone) and other clients such as Excel PowerPivot...

By Michael Washington on 2/29/2012 12:54 PM
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Many of you have discovered the power of using WCF RIA Services that are simply pointing to the internal LightSwitch database. The LightSwitchHelpWebsite.com has covered this in the articles:

WCF RIA Service: Combining Two Tables

Using WCF RIA Services In LightSwitch To Simplify Your Application UI

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