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Saturday, 28 September 2013

“Succinctly” series free eBooks from Syncfusion

Hello Everybody

Hope all my friends happy with LightSwitch development. 

This post is not basically belongs to LightSwitch but some contents are there. This is belongs to Syncfusion. From the past few years Syncfusion coming with a number of free eBooks which is well known in market as “Succinctly” series eBooks.

Syncfusion's Succinctly series eBooks almost covered all popular technical languages and services. Also you don't have to pay anything from your pocket, Its all free. I think for all developers this is the best and free destination to gain knowledge and to learn more about current technology.

LightSwitch is also a part of Syncfusion's Succinctly series eBooks, which is authored by our well known friend Jan Van der Haegen. I think to all entry level LightSwitch developer this is a must have resource.
Also JavaScript Succinctly will help you to develop LightSwitch HTML business application.

Let's take a brief overview of Syncfusion's Succinctly series eBooks

PDF Succinctly
by Ryan Hodson
TypeScript Succinctly
by Steve Fenton
Unit Testing Succinctly
by Marc Clifton
Windows Azure SQL
Reporting Succinctly
Windows Store Apps
by John Garland
WPF Succinctly
by Buddy James
by Lyle Luppes
C++ Succinctly
by Michael McLaughlin
Data Structure Part 1
by Robert Horvick
Data Structure Part 2
by Robert Horvick
Direct2D Succinctly
by Chris Rose
F# Succinctly
by Robert Pickering
GIS Succinctly
by Peter Shaw
Git Succinctly
by Ryan Hodson
HTTP Succinctly
by Scott Allen
iOS Succinctly
by Ryan Hodson

JavaScript Succinctly
by Cody Lindley
jQuery Succinctly
by Cody Lindley

Knockout.js Succinctly
by Ryan Hodson
LightSwitch Succinctly
by Jan Van der Haegen
Objective-C Succinctly
by Ryan Hodson

This is not the end. There are lot more Succinctly series eBooks available, please visit Syncfusion's Official Website to grab your free copies.

All Syncfusion's eBooks are perfect for beginners for those who wants to speed up their technical knowledge within a short period of time. Hope we will see lot more from Syncfusion in future.

All the best
Happy Coding

Friday, 5 July 2013

Integrate Telerik Silverlight RadSpreadSheet Control in LightSwitch 2012

Telerik Spreadsheet Silverlight Control

RadSpreadsheet is a control that allows editing tabular data utilizing a variety of cell formatting options, styles and themes.

In this post you will found a sample lightswitch application and walk-through to integrate Telerik RadSpreadsheet control into LightSwitch application.

1. Visual Studio 2012 Professional or Higher
2. Latest Telerik Silverlight Control

Procedure (In Brief)
Create a LightSwitch Silverlight application. Switch to File View from the Solution Explorer and add a Silverlight User Control in the Client project. Add the following assemblies into the client project. These assemblies are required to implement spreadsheet control in Lightswitch application.


Drag RadSpreadsheet from the tool box and drop in designer area. At this stage now we will get only the spreadsheet control. But to make it more productive and functional we have to add RadRibbonView and all required buttons. As the XAML and C# code is large therefore you will found the complete code from the sample application. Now rebuild the application and bind the spreadsheet custom control into lightswitch screen.

Please click the below link to download the sample application.

Have Fun...
Keep LightSwitch Rock

Sunday, 31 March 2013

How to Integrate Telerik RadPivotGrid in LightSwitch 2012

Hi Everybody...

Data analysis is a crucial part in a business application. To represent huge amount of data we need a high performance analysis tool. Telerik Silverlight RadPivotGrid is one of them. Its really a powerful and high performance pivot grid control in the market.

Today I am going to show you how to integrate Telerik RadPivotGrid control in LightSwitch 2012.


1. Visual Studio 2012 Professional or Higher
2. Latest Telerik Silverlight Control

First I have created a LightSwitch C# project called "RadPivotGrid". And an entity called "Product". After that created two screens based on Product entity. One is Search Screen and the other one is Editable Grid Screen.

By the help of Editable Grid Screen I inserted some demo data into the application.

Created a Silverlight User Control ("RadProductPivotGrid") and add the following assemblies in the Client Project which is required to integrate the PivotGrid control in lightswitch.


In the Xaml page (RadProductPivotGrid.xaml) write the below code.

    xmlns:pivot="" x:Class="LightSwitchApplication.CustomControls.RadProductPivotGrid"
    d:DesignHeight="300" d:DesignWidth="400">

        <pivot:LocalDataSourceProvider x:Key="LocalDataProvider" AggregatesPosition="Rows">
                <pivot:PropertyGroupDescription PropertyName="Name"/>
                <pivot:DateTimeGroupDescription PropertyName="PurchaseDate" Step="Month" />
                <pivot:PropertyAggregateDescription PropertyName="Price" StringFormat="C" AggregateFunction="Average" />
                <pivot:PropertyAggregateDescription PropertyName="Quantity"/>

    <Grid x:Name="LayoutRoot" Background="White">
            <ColumnDefinition Width="*"/>
            <ColumnDefinition Width="Auto"/>
        <pivot:RadPivotGrid x:Name="xRadPivotGridView" Grid.Column="0"/>
        <pivot:RadPivotFieldList Name="xradPivotFieldList" Grid.Column="1"/>

and in RadProductPivotGrid.xaml.cs page write the below code

public partial class RadProductPivotGrid : UserControl
        DataWorkspace workspace = new DataWorkspace();
        public RadProductPivotGrid()
            LocalDataSourceProvider dataProvider = (this.Resources["LocalDataProvider"] as LocalDataSourceProvider);
                dataProvider.ItemsSource = workspace.ApplicationData.Products;
            this.xRadPivotGridView.DataProvider = dataProvider;
            this.xradPivotFieldList.DataProvider = dataProvider;

Rebuild your project and Integrate your Silverlight Custom Control into LightSwitch Search Screen. Play the solution and see the Powerful RadPivotGrid control in action.

This is just a sample PivotGrid integration. Visit Telerik Official Silverlight Demo page to customize your pivot grid as per your requirement. Also I would like to thank to Paul Van Bladel for redirect me in right direction.

Hope you enjoy this.

Feel free to reply here if you got any doubt.

As Jan (LightSwitch Hacker) said Keep Rocking LightSwitch

Saturday, 5 January 2013

7 Most Easiest Way to Send Email from Lightswitch

Sending email from application is a key requirement for business app. As LightSwitch is the perfect platform for developing business application, So there are many ways to send email from LightSwitch also. You can send email from both server and client. I thing below are the 7 most common and easy way to send email from LightSwitch.

1. How To Send HTML Email from a LightSwitch Application (by Beth Maasi)
In this post you will found below three procedure to send email.
Sending Email Via SMTP Helper Class
Creating HTML from Entity Data
Sending Email via and Outlook Client.

2. Integrate Outlook in LightSwitch to send HTML Email (by Office Integration Pack)
Grid Logic's Office Integration Pack extension is a master piece for integrate lightswitch with Microsoft Office System. Therefore you can easily integrate Microsoft Outlook to send email from lightswitch application.

3. Send Email from LightSwitch (by Paul S Patterson)
Simple and easiest way to send email from lightswitch.

4. Send On Demand Email From LightSwitch Client (by Paul S Patterson)
Use this technique if you want to send email from client On Demand.

5. Send Email from Server using third party SMTP gateway SendGrid (by Paul S Patterson)
There are many third party SMTP relay server available in market to send email from business application writing less code. In this post you can able to see how Paul easily integrate SendGrid API in lightswitch server project to send email using SendGrid.

6. Send Email Attachment using DevExpress XtraReport from LightSwitch
By using DevExpress XtraReport for LightSwitch, you can able to send email with an attachment from lightswitch application. Follow the below tutorial to know more about it.
Send Report as an attachment using DevExpress XtraReport for LightSwitch

7. Generate PDF on the Server and Send Email (by Mr. Yossu)
In LightSwitch forum Mr. Yossu solve his own issue regarding how to generate pdf from server and send as an email. This is really a class technique to send email as an attachment from server.

Hope you enjoy this...

Have Fun with LightSwitch.

Monday, 31 December 2012

Inventory Management Application developed using LightSwitch

InventTrex is a computer-based system for tracking inventory levels, orders, sales and deliveries. It can also be used in the manufacturing industry to create a work order, bill of materials and other production-related documents. Companies use inventory management software to avoid product overstock and outages. It is a tool for organizing inventory data that before was generally stored in hard-copy form or in spreadsheets. It is often associated with and is similar to distribution software.

An inventory management application can be rich in features without having a bloated interface. We do it by letting you choose which features are displayed to each specific user. So while we offer plenty of features, your users won't be confused by having to view an application with tons of bells and whistles that don't apply to them...

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