Showing posts with label LightSwitch. Show all posts
Showing posts with label LightSwitch. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Lighting the way into the future (of LightSwitch) - "Live from Redmond - Visual Studio LightSwitch Town Hall"

Hosam Kamel's Blog - Live from Redmond - Visual Studio LightSwitch Town Hall Thursday, September 12, 2013 | 8:00AM – 9:30AM (PDT, Redmond Time)

Are you interested in the future of Visual Studio LightSwitch? Come see what we’ve been working on and ask questions in this live public meeting. Joe Binder and the rest of the LightSwitch Team will be here to discuss the LightSwitch roadmap and discuss the product direction. We’ll start with a demonstration of the new features in Visual Studio 2013 and then we’ll open the floor to questions. 

If you have burning questions or topics you'd like to discuss, it would be a great help if you post them to this thread in advance so we can provide more complete answers.  Of course, you're more than welcome to ask live too.


More details and an interesting discussion can be accessed here

I'm still saying that VS2013 is going to be the break-out of LightSwitch, that in a couple years we'll see this VS as the true birth of LightSwitch (Or will be saying, "Man, remember LightSwitch..." :/ )

Anyway, here's a great chance to check out what's coming and to ask the team questions...

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Think VS2013 means no more VS2012 updates? Think again... VS2012.4 RC 1 is now available (and it's "Go Live" too!)

Brian Harry’s blog - VS 2012.4 (Update 4) will exist!

Sometime this spring, though for the life of me I can’t find it, I wrote a blog post where I said I thought Update 3 (VS/TFS 2012.3) would be the last update in the VS/TFS 2012 update line.  I often say that nothing that is said about the future is more than a guess with varying levels of confidence.  So, it turns out that I was wrong.  A month or two ago we decided that we were going to need to do a 2012.4 release.

The primary motivation is addressing compatibility and migration/round-tripping issues between VS 2012 and VS 2013 and the various platform releases to make adoption of VS 2013 as smooth as possible.  The planned timing will be around the same time VS 2013 releases (and, of course, I can’t give any more detail at this time other than saying that it will be before the end of the year).  Once we decide to ship a release like this, it then becomes a vehicle to deliver anything else that would be valuable/important to deliver in that timeframe.  So, for instance Update 4 will also include a roll up of fixes for all important customer reported by the time it locks down.

Like Update 3, Update 4 will be a very scoped release just focused on these compatibility fixes and key customer impacting bug fixes.  We will not be delivering significant new features in Update 4.  I qualify it with “significant” because what is a feature and what is a bug fix is in the eye of the beholder.

Today we released the first Release Candidate for Update 4....

Here are some resources for RC1:


Microsoft Downloads - Visual Studio 2012 Update 4 RC 1

This is a release candidate (RC) for Visual Studio 2012 Update 4.

Version: 2012

Date Published:  7/29/2013

  • tfs_express.exe, 735 KB
  • tfs_server.exe, 735 KB
  • VS2012.4 RC TFS Express enu.iso, 483.3 MB
  • VS2012.4 RC TFS Server ENU.iso, 1.1 GB
  • VS2012.4 RC.exe, 1.3 MB

Visual Studio 2012 Update is providing continuous value to customers, adding new capabilities year-round to features in the main product release. These releases will be aligned with the core software development trends in the market, ensuring developers and development teams always have access to the best solution for building modern applications.

This is a release candidate (RC) for Visual Studio 2012 Update 4. These cumulative updates to Visual Studio 2012 include a variety of bug fixes and capability improvements. More details can be found here.

Statement of Support:
Visual Studio 2012 Update 4 RC and Team Foundation Server 2012 with Update 4 RC are “go-live”. This means that customers can use these builds in production environments. These are still pre-releases, so there may be some bugs that will be fixed for the final release. Upgrade from Update 4 RC to Update 4 RTM is supported. In order to upgrade to future releases, the customer must first upgrade from Update 4 RC to Update 4 RTM.


Description of Visual Studio 2012 Update 4 RC 1


Currently looks like mostly TFS and LightSwitch updates...

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Tiny Tiny RSS WAMP, MAMP or LAMP installers, VM or even an Amazon/Azure cloud VM

I Programmer - RSS Reader As Appliance - Easy Google Reader Replacement

BitNami has added Tiny Tiny RSS server to its collection of LAMP appliances. This makes it very easy to replace Google Reader with something you can rely on. Perhaps this is the way all software should transition to the cloud


Now we have an implementation of tt-rss as an appliance by BitNami. You can download a complete installer for Windows, OSX and Linux. You first use the BitNami WAMP, MAMP or LAMP installer and then install the application. While installing on a spare machine you might have around is reasonable, a more flexible option is to use one of the complete virtual machine images. All you need is WMware or VirtualBox and you can load the machine image and start working at once with everything installed and configured - right down to the passwords.


The final option is the one that might make the most sense for the most users - a cloud deployment.  All you need in this case is a credit card.

The virtual machine images can be deployed to either Amazon EC2 or Windows Azure and all with minimum fuss. You can even have one server for free for a year, but after that its $24 per month plus Amazon or Azure charges for three servers. Note that using the installers or VM images without cloud hosting is free.

The only problem is that BitNami charges are in addition to the Amazon or Azure charges, which makes it more difficult to work out what the whole package will cost - but if you just want simplicity of deployment then this is the way to go.


BitNami Tiny Tiny RSS

BitNami Tiny Tiny RSS Stack provides a one-click install solution for Tiny Tiny RSS. Download installers and virtual machines or run your own Tiny Tiny RSS server in the cloud.

Tiny Tiny RSS is an open source web-based news feed (RSS/Atom) reader and aggregator, designed to allow you to read news from any location, while feeling as close to a real desktop application as possible.


While my current RSS service of choice is NewsBlur there's something VERY appealing about having my own cloud solution. Hum... Newsblur is OSS too, maybe I should... :P

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 is RTW... (and it's a "Wow" Update)

Visual Studio ALM + Team Foundation Server Blog - Visual Studio 2012 – Update 2 RTM!

Visual Studio Updates are a mechanism we are using to provide ongoing value throughout the year to our Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server customers. These updates will provide features to support the latest software trends in the market, and also offer an easy way to deploy bug fixes.

Today we are excited to announce that Visual Studio Update 2 is now RTM!  - see Soma’s Blog Post with the official announcement.

Modern application lifecycle has been improved in Visual Studio Update 2 with significant improvements to both quality enablement and agile development.  Agile development has been made easier and more flexible with Work Item enhancements (tags, filtering, sharing), Kanban board customization and improved user interfaces.  Quality Enablement now supports a lightweight browser-based test management and execution to enable development teams to easily view/edit tests and your customers to run tests in a way that needs no installation on the system being tested and works non-Windows platforms; to decrease the time needed to continuously enable quality in software projects.

Business Application Development focuses on improving the line of business development and developer experience.  Highlights for the line of business developers include: HTML Client and SharePoint support for LightSwitch.  The developer experience improvements in the IDE include a new theme, Code Map debugger integration and performance in key areas areas including XAML design and Code Map rendering.

Download RTM Release

The release of Visual Studio Update 2 can be downloaded here:

Somasegar's blog - Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 Now Available


I’m excited to announce that today we’ve shipped Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 (VS2012.2) and that it’s now available for download.  Just as with VS2012.1 (which is installed as part of VS2012.2 for those of you who don’t already have VS2012.1 installed), this release contains important fixes as well as a wealth of new functionality, addressing feedback we’ve received from the community and aligning with key software development trends in the market.  The new functionality primarily spans (though is not limited to) five areas of investment: agile planning, quality enablement, Windows Store development, line-of-business development, and the general developer experience.

Agile planning.

Quality Enablement.

Windows Store development.

Line-of-business development.

Development experience.


Brian Harry's blog - VS/TFS 2012.2 (Update 2) released today


Many of the features have been aired before in our CTP posts.  But there are a couple of things about the TFS update that I want to highlight.

TFS 2010 Build controller/agent compat – We’ve received feedback that simultaneously updating all TFS build machines along with the TFS server is not practical – particularly in large organization where there can be hundreds of build machines, many of which aren’t even known to the TFS administrators.  Because of this, in update 2, we have added support for TFS 2010 build controllers and agents – so you can update your TFS 2010 server without updating your build infrastructure and your builds will just keep working.  In general, we expect to continue this pattern from here forward – a new TFS server will support build machines from one major version back.  This adds the additional benefit this version that you can use the TFS 2010 build servers on Windows XP (in the event you need to do that) while the TFS 2012 build machines don’t support XP.  Based on the feedback we’ve gotten from our MVPs, this change is very popular and makes people’s lives much easier.

Preservation of TFS settings across updates – You may recall that when you applied TFS Update 1, you had to reconfigure many of the settings manually.  In Update 2, we put a great deal of effort into preserving settings across the upgrade.  While we didn’t get every one, we got the most common customizations and we plan to get most of the rest in Update 3.  In all the upgrade should be more seamless this time.

Upgrading TFS using SQL Always On – We added support to automatically handle upgrading TFS installs using the SQL Always On high availability configuration.  In Update 1, this was a manual process.

So I guess, what I’m trying to say is that, in addition to the long list of new features you’ll find in the blog post above (like new Agile project management capabilities, tons of testing tools improvements, Blend & Sketchflow support and more), we’ve worked really hard to make the upgrade as easy and seamless for you as we can.  Of course, if you hit any bumps, please let us know because we’ll want to fix them.


comment on Update 3…

We’ve already begun working on Update 3.  I’d like to set your expectations a bit on it now.  Update 1 & 2 were both fairly substantial updates with a fair number of new features.  My expectation is that Update 3 will be VERY modest.  In all likelihood, we will primarily focus on bug fixes, upgrade issues and small refinements to the experience.  At this point we are pretty consumed in working on our next major update to TFS and, as such, can’t manage to do 2 separate & significant things at the same time.


This is a release I've been waiting for as it's supposed to fix a bug I've been running into where a Database Project in a Solution being loaded causes the WPF Designer to error with a Null Reference error for some third party components (bug report, WPF Designer NullReferenceException). Took me forever to isolate this... Who would have thought that a Database Project just being loaded would cause an issue with the WPF Designer? I was sure my system was hosed or I was doing something stupid... sigh.

Anyway... This is also a huge release in the number of pretty cool features included, both in VS and TFS. Love to see the LOB get some love... :)

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Syncfusion helps shed a little succinct light on LightSwitch with "LightSwitch Succinctly" (Reg-ware)

Syncfusion - LightSwitch Succinctly


Visual Studio LightSwitch may be one of the most under-utilized development tools available to professional and amateur developers alike. Designed specifically for creating data-centric business applications, LightSwitch alleviates some of the tedium involved in the development cycle by making the creation of screens, data entities, data relationships, queries, and more simpler and easier.

The author of this e-book, Jan Van der Haegen, is a self-described green geek who writes a monthly LightSwitch column for MSDN magazine. In LightSwitch Succinctly, he provides a quick tour of the different parts of the LightSwitch development environment so that you can judge whether Visual Studio LightSwitch would be an ideal tool to add to your belt.

Table of Contents

  1. Where Do I Get Visual Studio LightSwitch 2012?
  2. Hello World
  3. The Entity Designer
  4. The Query Editor
  5. The Screen Editor
  6. Application Editor
  7. Moving On

Another cool eBook from Syncfusion.

As usual, here's some snaps;




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Friday, May 18, 2012

LightSwitch joins VS11 as a baked-in core component (i.e. no longer a separate product). VS11 Professional, Premium and Ultimate are all getting LightSwitched

Visual Studio LightSwitch Team Blog - Visual Studio 11 Product Line-up Announced

"Today the Visual Studio 11 product line-up was announced on the Visual Studio Team blog. Part of this announcement was information on what editions will support LightSwitch development.

Launched last year as an out-of-band release, I’m excited to announce that LightSwitch is now a core part of the Visual Studio product line! LightSwitch will be available through Visual Studio 11 Professional, Premium and Ultimate [GD: Emphasis added]. With this integration, Visual Studio now provides a comprehensive solution for developers of all skill levels to build line-of-business applications and data services quickly and easily for the desktop and cloud.

I am particularly excited about the additional tools for data application development that will be available to you. In addition, with the new data services (OData) support in LightSwitch, you will be able to build additional clients using the broad set of project templates now included in these editions including Windows 8 Metro style apps.

LightSwitch will be retired from sale as a standalone product with the release of Visual Studio 11. If you acquire Visual Studio Professional, Premium, or Ultimate you will also get the LightSwitch development experience included in the box. We previously announced a price reduction for Visual Studio 2010 Professional to align it with the planned pricing for Visual Studio 11 making this an even more exciting offer. For more information on Visual Studio pricing please see:


That's great news for the LightSwitch team. This is an interesting product but hasn't had much exposure. Hopefully this move, and it's cool VS11 features, will help.


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Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Lighting up the CommuterAPI with LightSwitch

Heavily Caffeinated - OData Apps in LightSwitch, Part 3

"Welcome back! In this post we are going to wrap up the OData application we started back in Part 1 and continued in Part 2.

To refresh everyone on how we got here, we started with the idea that we would use some new features in LightSwitch for Visual Studio 11 (Beta) that would allow us to attach to an OData service. Specifically we are attaching to the Commuter API OData service.

We wanted to solve 4 basic problems:

  1. Where is my stop? (we solved this in Part 1 and 2 with a Bing maps extension)
  2. When is my train arriving? (we solved this in Part 1)
  3. How do I get there? (we solved this in Part 1 and 2 with Route information and maps)
  4. How many escalators will be broken today? (we saved this problem for Part 3)

To find a solution to this last problem we are going to pull in data from the “Incidents” entity in the OData service. This entity contains all the information regarding broken escalators and things of that nature.



I had blogged about the Commuter API here, OData your Transit (Think CommuterAPI OData'ified), so this caught my eye. Also I've been watch the LightSwitch OData news and have to say that that might be its killer feature. Being able to easily knock out a nice, usable front end to an OData source (and/or to mashup an number of them) looks pretty neat.

Now what I'd like to see is if LightSwitch can grow beyond a desktop app (well in 11 there's a server side, but that's not what I mean), to provide Metro/WP7 UI's. Given the separation of concerns that's the bedrock of LightSwitch, I believe it might be possible (not easy, but I think still possible). We'll see. It's SilverLight story is at its last chapter, in vNext (12) I wonder what we'll see for the UI side, assuming it lives that long...


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Friday, April 06, 2012

Lighting up Android App Inventor with LightSwitch (yes, that LightSwitch)

LightSwitch Help Website - Communicating With LightSwitch Using Android App Inventor

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 will be able to see all Orders).


For this example we will start with the LightSwitch application in the article Calling LightSwitch 2011 OData Using Server Side Code. We will build an Android application using App Inventor that will communicate with the LightSwitch application.

We will use App Inventor because it creates applications that run on most Android devices, and is easy to learn, and fun to use.

While it is possible to create mobile applications using the method described in Calling LightSwitch 2011 OData Using Server Side Code, the performance of applications for the end user will not be as fast and as smooth as the performance of a ‘native’ application such as the one described here




I had never thought of LightSwitch and Android/App Inventor this way (or even in the same sentence). This is a cool tutorial series on them both, together...

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

LightSwitching to StackOverflow's OData data

Alessandro Del Sole's Blog - LightSwitch: reading threads from StackOverflow with OData

"As you might know, one of the most important new features in the next version of Visual Studio LightSwitch, currently in beta, is the support for OData.

You can read some post from Beth Massi about this topic, today I'm just showing a different usage.

OData is an open protocol based on WCF Data Services and allows managing data sets through services. If you visit the Ecosystem page of the OData portal, you can find a list of public services from 3rd party producers, including the well-known StackOverflow web site, which offers a very popular forum platform.

Imagine you want to read your favorite threads from StackOverflow inside a LightSwitch application. After creating the project, the first thing you want to do is connecting to an external data source such as OData:




That's got me thinking I really need to take another look at the latest version of LightSwitch...

Monday, November 21, 2011

Pluralsight helps shed a little light on LightSwitch with 1 1/2 hours of free, as in not even reg-ware, video training

Visual Studio LightSwitch Team Blog - LightSwitch Video Training from Pluralsight!

"Pluralsight provides a variety of developer training on all sorts of topics and they have generously donated some LightSwitch training for our LightSwitch Developer Center!

Just head on over the the LightSwitch “How Do I” video page and on the right you’ll see three video modules with over an hour and a half of free LightSwitch training!


LightSwitch Developer Center - LightSwitch "How Do I?" Videos


Here's a snap of it in action (more as proof that it works, that I tried it, that I didn't have to register, etc than anything... ;)


If you're interested in LightSwitch and have a few minutes, these three free videos might be just the thing to get you started.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Visual Studio LightSwitch 2011 July '11 Training Kit

Microsoft Downloads - Visual Studio LightSwitch Training Kit

"Version: July 2011
Date Published:  7/28/2011

Language: English

File Name:  LightSwitchTrainingKitJuly2011.Setup.exe
Size: 40.0 MB

The Visual Studio LightSwitch Training Kit contains demos and labs to help you learn to use and extend LightSwitch. The introductory materials walk you through the Visual Studio LightSwitch product. By following the hands-on labs, you'll build an application to inventory a library of books.

The more advanced materials will show developers how they can extend LightSwitch to make components available to the LightSwitch developer. In the advanced hands-on labs, you will build and package an extension that can be reused by the Visual Studio LightSwitch end user.


I'm not sure about LightSwitch. I mean I think it's very cool tech, I dig its model driven approach, its flexibility and concept, but I think I need to see it rev a few times before I jump in with both feet. There's too many questions about the long future of Silverlight right now that I'd really hate to place my bets on something that's so tightly coupled with it, until I hear more (lets hope at BUILD 2011?)

That said, I still wanted to capture this as you never know... I might wake up one day and need to become Mr. LightSwitch. You never know... :P

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Visual Studio LightSwitch Samples in the new MSDN Samples Gallery

Visual Studio LightSwitch Team Blog - LightSwitch Samples on the new Samples Gallery

“A couple months ago MSDN released a new site for samples where product teams and the community can contribute code. We’ve been popping team samples up there as well, just look for the LightSwitch Team author:

Download LightSwitch Team Samples

Here’s a description of the ones we have up there so far:

  • Visual Studio LightSwitch Vision Clinic Walkthrough & Sample –  …
  • LightSwitch Course Manager End-to-End Application - …
  • Excel Importer for Visual Studio LightSwitch - …
  • LightSwitch Active Directory Sample -… 

[GD: Click through for the details and direct links]

We have a lot more planned as well so keep checking back. We’ll also be creating a “Featured Samples” page on the Developer Center that we will use to pick out community samples here on the gallery and feature them there. Got a cool idea for a LightSwitch sample? Put them on the Samples Gallery and tag the Key Technology = Visual Studio LightSwitch and maybe your sample will become famous! :-)”

I’m not sure about LightSwitch. I think it’s pretty cool and neat and all but I’m going to need to see it get to v2 or V3 before I invest too much time in it. Again, I really dig the idea behind it and like the implementation story I’ve heard, but you know how it is. I need to see if it’s going to stick to the wall and all that…

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Turing on the light for Line of Business, Forms over Data development with VS LightSwitch - Available NOW for MSDN Subscribers (beta)

Beth Massi - Sharing the goodness that is VBLightSwitch Beta 1 Available to MSDN Subscribers Today, General Public on Monday

“We just released Visual Studio LightSwitch Beta 1 to MSDN subscribers. Public availability will be this Monday, August 23rd but if you are an MSDN subscriber visit your subscriptions page to get access to the download now. Otherwise check the the LightSwitch Developer Center on Monday for the public download.

Here are some resources to help get you started -- we have a lot more for you on Monday via the Dev Center so stay tuned!


Downloading it now… :)


LightSwitch was also just covered over on dotNetRocks, Show #583 Jay Schmelzer unveils Microsoft LightSwitch too. Remember, you don’t dot Net if you don’t dotNetRocks… :p