MSDN Flash - August 08, 2011 - Volume 15, Number 13

August 08, 2011 - Volume 15, Number 13

Ken Casada

Dear readers,

Two weeks ago Microsoft announced the availability of Visual Studio LightSwitch 2011 - a new tool that enables developers of all skill levels to quickly create and deploy great data centric Silverlight based business applications for the desktop and the cloud.

  Applications created with LightSwitch can be attached to existing data sources including Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft SQL Azure, SharePoint and other third party data sources. And thanks to a flexible extensibility mechanism, you can use custom controls or themes and completely change the look and feel of your application.

With the launch of this new product, Microsoft also announced the availability of the LightSwitch Starter Kits. They contain a bunch of project templates (representing different kind of applications) which you can download and customize for your own business needs. Moreover, quite a lot of useful extensions have already been built by third-party vendors and are available from here.

Below you can find a list of links you may find useful::

» Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch page
» LightSwitch MSDN page
» Visual Studio LightSwitch Training Kit
» Visual Studio LightSwitch Team Blog
» Visual Studio LightSwitch Forums

If you want to discover what LightSwitch can do for you, download the 90 days trial version from here.
Creating and publishing business applications has never been so fast!


Enjoy today’s MSDN Flash edition,

Ken Casada
Developer Evangelist, Microsoft Switzerland GmbH

Top News

Download Microsoft SQL Server Code Name "Denali" Express Community Technology Preview 3 (CTP3)
This free edition of SQL Server is ideal for learning, developing, and powering desktop, web, and small server applications, and for redistribution by ISVs. New in this release is LocalDB, a lightweight version of Express that has all of its programmability features, yet runs in user mode and has a fast, zero-configuration installation and a short list of pre-requisites.

Windows Phone "Mango" is ready!
Windows Phone Engineering CVP Terry Myerson announced on the Windows Phone Team Blog an important milestone, the official Release to Manufacturing (RTM) build of “Mango”. Now, Microsoft is offering a refresh of the beta tools to our registered developer community. You can download the Windows Phone SDK 7.1 "Beta 2 Refresh" from the ‘Mango’ Connect site. The refresh of the tools represents a month of great progress by the engineering team, for more details, read this July 27th post on the Windows Phone Developer Blog.

The Surface 2.0 SDK is available
Finally – the Microsoft Surface 2.0 SDK has been launched! This means that the SDK is now available for immediate download from the Download Center. Several collections of training, resource and information material have also been published with the SDK. The SDK includes a set of controls, APIs, templates, tools, sample applications and documentation.

Optimizing Software in C++
An optimization guide for Windows, Linux, and Mac platforms by Agner Fog (Copenhagen University College of Engineering). This 165-pages manual is for advanced programmers and software developers who want to make their software faster.

Windows PowerShell with WPF: Secrets to Building a WPF Application in Windows PowerShell
Is it a command-line interface, a scripting language, or an API? Windows PowerShell is all three, says Doug Finke, who shows you how to tweak Windows PowerShell to build a net present value calculator presented in classic Windows Presentation Foundation GUI style.

SharePoint 2010 & Windows Azure Training Kit – July 2011 Version
The SharePoint 2010 & Windows Azure Training Kit became available just a few days ago. The kit has been created with developers in mind who aim to implement solutions which are based on SharePoint Server 2010 and who wish to draw on services which run on Windows Azure. The training kit is available online and as an offline version for download.
Developer Resources
Swiss Events
SPUGS: SharePoint User Group Switzerland is meeting
18.08.2011 | Buchs SG
The SPUGS is holding its regular after-work get-together to exchange their experiences of the latest SharePoint developments. All interested parties and SharePoint experts are welcome, in the canteen at 2sic. Power supply and WLAN available.
See# Party 2011
20.08.2011 | Kreuzlingen
In August, the .NET User Group Konstanz-Kreuzlingen is holding the second .NET community conference in Kreuzlingen, on the shore of Lake Constance. It is a conference held by and for the .NET community and interested parties in Switzerland, Germany and Austria. The agenda is online now.
MSDN TechTalk "Migration von Visual SourceSafe und Subversion nach TFS"
23.08.2011 | Zürich
Now is the ideal moment to surmount the hurdles of the old source code management and to give your projects a real productivity boost. Find out now how to migrate from Visual SourceSafe or Subversion to Team Foundation Server 2010, and discover more about the changes which await you and the benefits this platform offers. Use this German-speaking event for problem-free migration and discover the benefits of Team Foundation Server 2010!
TechDays 11 Bern – Register Now and Benefit from the Super Early Bird Offer!
20.10.2011 - 21.10.2011 | Bern
The 8th Edition of TechDays, the largest Swiss Microsoft technology event, takes place on October 20-21, at the Kursaal Bern. TechDays 11 Bern will present best highlights of the sold-out BUILD Windows conference, which will take place on September 13-16 in California. Register now and benefit from the super early bird offer and get 1-day ticket for CHF 200 (normal price CHF 240), the discount is available until August 15, 2011.
SQL Server Performance Tuning and Troubleshooting Workshop
07.11.2011 - 09.11.2011 | Zürich
This 3-day SQL server workshop with Klaus Aschenbrenner will introduce you to a whole range of useful tools which provide efficient SQL server troubleshooting and which enhance server performance. Find out how to eliminate the biggest performance bottlenecks and monitor them transparently. An early bird discount is also available until 11 September!

Swiss Team Blog News
Visual Studio LightSwitch: Advanced Programming Made Easy With Visual Studio Lightswitch
Visual Studio LightSwitch dramatically simplifies the development of data-centric business applications because it takes care of all the plumbing for you, as Beth Massi illustrates with a sample application.

Microsoft respects your privacy. Please read our online Privacy Statement

If you would prefer to no longer receive this newsletter, please click here to unsubscribe or reply to this message with "UNSUBSCRIBE" in the subject line. To set your contact preferences for other Microsoft communications, see the communications preferences section of the Microsoft Privacy Statement.

This email was sent by:

Microsoft Switzerland Ltd Liab. Co.

Quick Links
MSDN Homepage
MSDN Team Blog
MSDN Events
MSDN Presentation Finder
Follow us on twitter! Follow MSDN_ch on Twitter
Webcasts und Online Events
Visual Basic 2010 Soup to Nuts
Dive into these live and on-demand webcasts and learn how the features available in Visual Studio 2010 can make professional developers more productive while building high-quality applications.
Channel 9 Videos
Going Native, our dedicated C++ Show launches!
GoingNative is a new, monthly show on C9 dedicated to native development and native developers, with an emphasis on modern C++. In our inaugural episode, we keep things light and easy as we introduce you to what we're doing, why we're doing it, and how it will go down.
Sign up for other newsletters | Unsubscribe | Update your profile
© 2011 Microsoft Corporation Terms of Use | Trademarks | Privacy Statement