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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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Thank you for your suggestion on improving LightSwitch. However, Visual Studio 2015 is the last release of Visual Studio that includes the LightSwitch tooling and we recommend users not begin new application development with LightSwitch. That said, we will continue to support users with existing LightSwitch applications, including critical bug fixes and security issues as per the Microsoft Support Lifecycle. Please see the blog post for more information: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/lightswitch/2016/10/14/lightswitch-update/

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  • Rizki D Prast commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    We will build more and more apps after this support is added, because I am sure users will very love it

    Long Live Lightswitch!!

  • Andy Smith commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    JayData seems to be promising for Lightswitch.

    I think the offline support should be totally transparent to developers. Developers shouldn't need to write any code and do lots of configurations to make it work.

    The online/offline support should "just work", it should be well tested, and it should decrease, not increasing development time

  • Si Sand commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Just compare the user voices in this site:

    .NET 788
    Languages - C# 666
    LightSwitch 312
    Languages - C++ 300
    Windows 8 Apps 153
    Languages - JavaScript 60

    You can see that Lightswitch community is so active that it's more active than C++, Windows 8 Apps, and much more active than JavaScript!

    We need more support on Lightswitch from Microsoft! Especially the offline sync support!

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This would certainly complete the LS tool that would allow it to compete with all the occasionally connected developer platforms(some free) on the market today.

    Microsoft, please wake up, I want to use your products......

  • Sam Fung commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Lightswitch is definitely the development tool with best productivity by far!
    We definitely need the offline support!

  • Dan Sia commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I really believe this is so important. The reason we love Microsoft is that she can make offline rich client so powerful and so productive that no other companies can. If microsoft only want to compete online apps, Microsoft is forgetting her power.

    We need offline/online sync! EVERYONE needs it!

  • Jim Sandy commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I think one shortcoming for Lightswitch HTML client is: when the project is big and having many tables, the javascript for model becomes so big (several megabytes) thus very slow to download, if we can cache the javascript and make it available when offline, then it'll be a great boost for Lightswith user base and developer base

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I think this online/offline support will make lightswitch the best development tool on earth:
    The best productivity, true universal platform independent!
    And it still uses the Microsoft platform on the server end!

  • anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Can someone from the VS LS team comment? There are several scenarios where Win7 tablets are used in the field - but they need to work in a offline/disconnected mode and come back to sync.

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