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  1. Support for online/offline database sync for field devices without internet access

    It would be great if there was official support for Microsoft-Sync (or similar technology) so field devices (or laptops without internet access) could use LightSwitch apps offline and sync once they were back online.

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      5 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Provide Lightswitch Product Roadmap - recurring Town Hall

      It's been forever since the community has seen a product roadmap for LightSwitch. A year ago we saw something of a 'statement of direction', but that's not what I'm talking about. We need more information about what specific backlog items are being worked on and what to expect from both near and long term for releases.

      Since the HTML Client announcement, there has been a great deal of discomfort in the LS community about the lack of information coming from MSFT regarding advancement towards a LS client for LOB application development.

      http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/7b92697d-ff35-4c04-8ac5-8949870c6c58/lob-html5?forum=lightswitch

      Most folks believe a new HTML client having…

      449 votes
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        12 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Hierachical Navigation Menu

        In a real world LOB system, there may be a lot of menu items, which should be organized in a hierachical navigation menu.

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          21 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Add a Treeview Control to Lightswitch

          Display of hierarchical data is a requirement in many business applications. The forums and blogs are full of questions on how to add a treeview to a Lightswitch application. While it can be done with a custom control, adding it to the standard set of controls would certainly make Lightswitch a more powerful business application development environment. BTW, be sure and have a two-way SelectedItem property.

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            6 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            Dave,

            Thank you for the suggestion. We have added it to our product backlog and will consider it for a future release.

            Displaying hierarchical data is possible today using custom controls in a LightSwitch HTML client application. Michael Washington has written a blog post (http://lightswitchhelpwebsite.com/Blog/tabid/61/EntryId/2220/JQuery-Mobile-Tree-Using-Collapsible-Sections-and-Dynamic-Views-in-LightSwitch.aspx) describing how to implement collapsible sections using Jewel Lambart’s Collapsible Content Control (http://jewellambert.com/jquery-mobile-collapsible-content-control-with-lightswitch/).

            Thanks,
            Elizabeth Maher, LightSwitch Team

          • Allow developer to copy/paste layout hierarchy between screens.

            Often I'm finding screens may have similar custom layouts, but I need to build each one from scratch. I have to flip back and forth between screens (see my other sugg. "Allow developer to have multiple screen designers open simultaneously."), and manually tweak the hierarchy to get screens to be consistent with each other. I'd like to be able to select a node in one design screen, copy it, and paste it into another.

            293 votes
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              4 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Add many-to-many relation support

              Today it is a lot of manually coding to build a application with a many-to-many relation.
              It would be nice to have more out of the box support for this.

              220 votes
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                0 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                Hans-Otto,

                Thank you for taking the time to create this suggestion. LightSwitch currently supports the consumption OData feeds that contain a many-to-many relationship. This suggestion is being left as ‘under review’ because the ability to create many-to-many relationships within LightSwitch is on our product backlog to be considered for a future release.

                Thanks,
                Elizabeth Maher, LightSwitch Team

              • Enable Export to Excel for Web Application Template

                Exporting to Excel is only available for local desktop applicaitons, but more applications these days are deployed as web applications. The export to Excel feature is incredibly valuable, and would be a great addition to applications deployed to the Web and Cloud.

                173 votes
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                  3 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                  Chris,

                  Thank you for the suggestion. We have added it to our product backlog and will consider it for a future release.

                  Exporting to Excel is possible using some custom code. See http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/5494c41d-bce2-46f6-a1ab-0d09e7004653/lightswitch-html-client-how-to-export-to-excel-or-word?forum=lightswitch to read a few of the solutions provided by the LightSwitch community.

                  Thanks,
                  Elizabeth Maher, LightSwitch Team

                • Multitenant Projects

                  Hability to serve multiple databases with the same deployed instance

                  119 votes
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                    2 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Menu Icons

                    I would like the ability to specify an icon for each menu item and to set a default icon for all menu items.

                    I was looking at my LightSwitch applications, wondering why they didn't look as good as the Windows Azure Dashboard. The basic layout of both is very similar, but I think one of the major differences is the ability to include images beside each menu item. The Azure dashboard includes many images, even if they are only simple folder icons. An icon beside the menu item would go a long way toward a more professional looking app.

                    117 votes
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                      1 comment  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Add more controls to Lightswitch HTML Client

                      Currently the Lightswitch HTML Client for LoB apps is excellent, but also very primitive in some regards. Without controls like Tree Views or Data Tables it can be difficult to build even basic data intensive applications with LS. This is made more complicated by that fact that the client exposes only a few hooks for Javascript and HTML injection by default, and tying custom plugins and controls into LS can be surprisingly complex.

                      In short, it would be a huge boon to LS HTML to add more controls and would expand the use cases of it significantly.

                      Some controls that…

                      103 votes
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                        3 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Add .NET Framework 4.5 support to LightSwitch 2012

                        LightSwitch is currently limited to run on .NET 4.0

                        .Net 4.5 have great new features, when will LightSwitch developers be able to take advantage of these new features? List of new features here:
                        http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms171868.aspx

                        Our server is in our control and we are not limited to .NET 4.0, but if other users where limited to .NET 4.0 it would be much better if Lightswitch (like other Visual Studio projects) supports more than one target version of .NET Framework for it's server code. This fact has already been determined on these threads:
                        http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/lightswitch/thread/081faa3e-a2fa-4e79-8720-a5ac2096e764
                        http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/lightswitch/thread/11849e56-e9cf-4813-8f7f-80aa63a53837/

                        94 votes
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                          5 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Table Inheritance

                          Make Table inheritance. So developer could make some BaseTable (entity) and a number DerivedTables (entities) witch will inherit properties from base table. And also it would be great to mix properties from base and/or derived tables in queries.

                          89 votes
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                            5 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Expose Computed Properties in the OData endpoint.

                            The current implementation of LS does not expose the Computed Property - At the very least last computed result should be exposed as a Property within the OData endpoint.

                            http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/LightSwitchDev11Beta/thread/bb8ffe0a-8239-429c-a528-d2cbfa850f42

                            83 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Allow attachment of .pdf files, etc. instead of only image files.

                              It would be REALLY nice to be able to attach .pdf's (among other filetypes) to entries in the database. We keep track of thousands of .pdf drawings and it would be nice to have the file attached to each entry in the database.

                              77 votes
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                                2 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • WPF support in Lightswitch

                                How about replacing Silverlight with WPF for the desktop client to get rid of the pixel rendering performance issues with Silverlight? Since LS now has HTML support for web clients, Silverlight could be replaced with a more powerful desktop client like WPF ( I would even take Winforms if it substantially increased performance ).

                                70 votes
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                                  3 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Multiselection of grid items

                                  The main idea is easy:
                                  - DataGrid Layout Item must have 'AllowMultiselect' property or something like this;
                                  - ScreenObject must provide 'SelectedItems' property to get access to collection of selected item from code.

                                  By the way, here is my temporary solution to solve this problem:
                                  public partial class SearchCustomers
                                  {
                                  private DataGrid grid;

                                  partial void SearchCustomers_Created()
                                  {
                                  // Write your code here.
                                  var dgControl = this.FindControl("grid");
                                  dgControl.ControlAvailable += new EventHandler<ControlAvailableEventArgs>(dgControl_ControlAvailable);
                                  }

                                  void dgControl_ControlAvailable(object sender, ControlAvailableEventArgs e)
                                  {
                                  grid = e.Control as DataGrid;
                                  if (grid != null)
                                  {
                                  grid.SelectionMode = DataGridSelectionMode.Extended;
                                  grid.SelectionChanged += new SelectionChangedEventHandler(grid_SelectionChanged);
                                  }
                                  }

                                  void grid_SelectionChanged(object sender, SelectionChangedEventArgs…

                                  69 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • odata v4

                                    upgrade Lightswitch OData to v4

                                    66 votes
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                                    • Customizable login form

                                      A customizable login form with standard features like 'forgot password' and a 'register new user' wizard.

                                      66 votes
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                                        2 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Include fully featured grid control in LightSwitch HTML client

                                        LightSwitch HTML client grid that includes built in column filter, sort, group, or edit features. Not having this feature is a major barrier to using LightSwitch HTML for LOB applications.

                                        62 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Audit Trail (Change Log)

                                          Option to activate at the table/field level the option to capture changes to data records and save them in a history table.

                                          This could easily be achieved if when a table is created, one table_history would also be created to keep the history changes for the fields with the option keep history active, without the need to develop custom code.

                                          57 votes
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