Today Microsoft is releasing Visual Studio LightSwitch, a brand new platform for developing business applications based on Silverlight. With LightSwitch you can quickly and easily develop applications without needing to know the nuts and bolts of what is happening under the hood, all with the ability to dive further into code and customizations to add the functionality that your end users require.
Both Telerik and I are pleased to announce that we are releasing a series of Hands on Labs that help professional Silverlight developers get up to speed with this new platform and how you can utilize the Telerik RadControls for Silverlight to further enhance your LightSwitch applications. From RadGridView with an included RadBulletGraph to RadChart to the RadMaskedInput Suite, these labs will walk you through adding our controls step-by-step including examples of how to integrate with the data model exposed by LightSwitch via the Silverlight binding system. Whether you're an experienced Silverlight developer or looking to get involved with this new platform and add enhanced functionality, we've got you covered with this series.
The following labs are available for download today on our LightSwitch page:
- Adding RadGridView to your LightSwitch Application
- Extending RadGridView with RadBulletGraph
- Enable Editing in RadBulletGraph
- Adding RadChart to your LightSwitch Application (20+ chart types available)
- Adding RadRichTextBox to your LightSwitch Application
- Adding RadMaskedInput Controls to your LightSwitch Application (4 input options)
- Adding RadCoverFlow to your LightSwitch Application
- Adding RadGauge to your LightSwitch Application
And I've got a few more in the works as well! If you have any requests for other controls you'd like to see guidance for, hit me up in the comments, on Twitter, or drop me a line at hutnick at Telerik.com and I'll get working on them!
If you just so happen to be new to the Telerik RadControls for Silverlight, check out the demos to see the full potential of these controls in action. If you see something that you like on the demos, try extending one of the samples above to include that feature, and if you run into any issues feel free to contact me or visit our community forums to brainstorm some solutions.