By Michael Washington on 3/18/2014 4:43 AM

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In this article we will create an end-to-end HTML application in Visual Studio LightSwitch. The purpose is to demonstrate how LightSwitch allows you to create professional business applications that would take a developer days to create. With LightSwitch you can create such applications in under an hour…

By Michael Washington on 10/5/2013 6:28 AM

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The primary reason you may want to use WCF RIA Services with Visual Studio LightSwitch 2013 is to:

  • Combine more than one entity into a single entity.
  • Eliminate unneeded columns in an entity to improve performance (otherwise large amounts of data, for example pictures, will be transmitted even when they are not shown).
  • Implement calculated fields that allow the resulting values to be searchable and sortable.
By Michael Washington on 9/23/2013 9:16 PM

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This article demonstrates how you can send server-side asynchronous emails using the Visual Studio LightSwitch HTML Client. Sending emails using LightSwitch has been covered before, notably by Paul Patterson, the difference with this article is that the emails will be sent asynchronously, so they don’t block the user interface or cause it to hang while the email is being sent…

By Michael Washington on 8/17/2013 10:08 PM
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Jesus Rodriguez wrote a great article titled Why Does Angular.js Rock?. It is an excellent work and really demonstrates the power of  Angular. As I read through the article I realized that the functionality he demonstrates can of course be done in LightSwitch because LightSwitch contains a full featured JavaScript data binding framework to allow you to build SPA (Single Page Applications).

The thing that sets LightSwitch apart from other...
By Michael Washington on 7/31/2013 5:27 AM

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When learning any new computer language or program, it is often helpful to start with a “hello World!” project…

By Michael Washington on 6/28/2013 5:27 AM
Yesterday Visual Studio LightSwitch was released in a preview of Visual Studio 2013.

You can get it here: http://www.microsoft.com/visualstudio/eng/2013-downloads. You can read more about the new features here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/lightswitch/archive/2013/06/27/announcing-lightswitch-in-visual-studio-2013-preview.aspx.

One new feature is described as: API support for refreshing data on lists and screens in the runtime app. That is the feature we will explore here.

The Sample Project We start with the application created in the tutorial: An End-To-End Visual Studio LightSwitch HTML5 Application.

When we open it up, it will be converted to the new Visual Studio 2013 format. However, to get it to run we have right-click on the first project…

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