What's New for LightSwitch in Visual Studio 2012

Visual Studio 2012

Visual Studio LightSwitch contains several new and enhanced features in Visual Studio 2012 and Visual Studio 2012 Update 2. The following links highlight some of those changes.

(Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 only) You can create HTML5 applications that are optimized for a variety of mobile devices. See HTML Client Screens for LightSwitch Apps.

(Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 only) You can host Silverlight or HTML client apps on SharePoint or SharePoint for Office 365. See LightSwitch Apps for SharePoint.

(Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 only) You can localize your application into multiple languages. See Walkthrough: Localizing a LightSwitch Application.

LightSwitch applications can now connect to any Open Data Protocol (OData) data source. See Connect to an OData Service.

You can expose data from a published LightSwitch web application as an OData feed for use by other applications. A separate endpoint is created for each data source in a LightSwitch project. See Exposing LightSwitch Application Data.

You can get better control over the display format of numbers and dates by using the Format Pattern property . See How to: Format Numbers and Dates in a LightSwitch Application.

You can treat a Decimal as a percentage and a String as a URL, with built-in formatting and validation, if you use the Percent and Web Address business types. See Adding a Data Field.

By using the Static Label and Static Image controls in the LightSwitch screen designer, you can display text and data on a screen without data binding. See How to: Add Static Text or Images to a Screen.

If you use Windows authentication, you can assign roles and permissions to any group in Active Directory. See LightSwitch Authentication and Authorization.

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