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  1. Report Designer

    As Microsoft determined LightSwitch as tool not only for developers, it would be very useful to have Report Designer and be able to make Report directly from LightSwitch.
    This is one of the most wanted feature that non-evelopers need.

    At the moment, making reports is bit of challenging and need a big efforts to be done.

    1,083 votes
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      24 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Conditional formating for Lists and DataGrids and Reporting.

      First, congratulations for this product, its an old wish i had. For the completness of this tool, i think its fundamental to have Lists and Datagrid conditional formatting.

      319 votes
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        9 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.

        285 votes
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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.

          266 votes
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            6 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 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.

            248 votes
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              4 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • The ability to develope and "plug-in" a common module/widget to an existing applicatoin

              The ability to developed LS applications in modules. Most LOB applications start off simple and evolve over time into large systems. The ability to develop smaller modules and link them together would be a great advantage in LS.

              242 votes
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                18 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Allow stored procedures to be run easily

                If LightSwitch will easily support update, insert and delete stored procedures it will allow my company to adopt LightSwitch. We cannot build a separate WPF project each time we want to modify the data this way--and from inside LightSwitch it is just too slow and too complex to do. Thank you!

                241 votes
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                  4 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Workflow Designer Integration

                  Lightswitch is a killer app with respect to LoB application development. My current client is giving up on the ASP.NET platform for an LoB application because Oracle has sold them on the idea of ADF forms and their BPM (ex Weblogic) Workflow integration using JDeveloper (sic).

                  Lightswitch is the perfect counter to ADF offering same/richer UI interactions, speed of delivery and ease of use, however lack of Workflow Integration makes it unsuitable for developing workflow application. With Sharepoint's anemic WF support and WF runtime's default set of activities library, building LoB WF applications in ASP.NET is a pain.

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                  221 votes
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                    6 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.

                    196 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 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.

                      142 votes
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                        3 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Use any Silverlight control without having to create a "custom" control

                        It would be great to be able to use any standard Silverlight control in LS without having to create a "custom" control wrapper around it

                        124 votes
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                          6 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Ability to Change Connection String in Designer

                          Enable the ability to easily change the connection string in the designer. A server name may be changed, or the database may be relocated. Currently, every screen would need to be recreated to accomplish this.

                          116 votes
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                            10 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Allow LightSwitch data source connection string to be changed dynamically at run-time

                            Provide a server-side hook into any LightSwitch data source that will allow us to dynamically set the connection string at runtime based on any criteria such as the currently logged in user or in the case of SharePoint hosted applications, the SP Host URL.

                            This functionality will help us to manage separate databases in multi-tenancy scenarios.

                            THis is quite a common requirement and please refer to the following LS forum post as well: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/2b25fe50-b7bd-4ef8-aa69-914028ad74fc/lightswitch-multitenancy-under-providerhosted-model-in-sharepoint

                            110 votes
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                              4 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • ability to make a metro app using Lightswitch

                              ability to create a metro app (arm or x86) including metro UI elements in LightSwitch

                              104 votes
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                                3 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.

                                104 votes
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                                  1 comment  ·  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/

                                  101 votes
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                                    5 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Multitenant Projects

                                    Hability to serve multiple databases with the same deployed instance

                                    95 votes
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                                      2 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • 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.

                                      94 votes
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                                        1 comment  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Add a "Preview" Tab on top of the Screen Designer

                                        I believe it will be very useful to have a "Preview" Tab while desiging LightSwitch Screens

                                        Suggested Preview Modes:
                                        *A Full Preview for the whole Screen
                                        *A Partial Preview to see group/s (control tree)

                                        86 votes
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                                          9 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Permit user-defined "key" for Views instead of the awful/useless inferred "key"

                                          When including a SQL View in the Data Source, LS "infers" the "key" - horribly, uselessly, and incapable of being editing to the correct key. Besides this being, IMO, a bug, it renders the inclusion of a View for practical purposes, useless. I don't want the View Schema Bound just so I can define an Index that "looks" like a PK but cannot be designated as such.

                                          PLEASE CHANGE LIGHTSWITCH SO THAT:
                                          When the SQL objects are initially added to the data source and a View is featured, or for that matter a table that lacks a PK, it presents…

                                          83 votes
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