Visual Studio LightSwitch is a Microsoft's tool for building business applications. Visual Studio LightSwitch is a
new member of the Visual Studio family. According to Microsoft, Visual Studio
LightSwitch is "the simplest way to create business applications for the desktop
or the cloud". Visual Studio LightSwitch is a Rapid Application Development
(RAD) tool which is used to help write data-centric line of business (LOB)
Data screen is an essential part of the
LightSwitch. There are five types of data screens in the LightSwitch
Application. Which are as follows:
- New Data Screen
- Search Data Screen
- Details Screen
- Editable Grid Screen
- List and Details Screen
In this article we will discuss only the "New
New Data Screen
This screen is used when you may want to add new data to an empty table, or
add data to an existing table.
How to use the new data screen
Step 1 : Open Visual Studio
LightSwitch->Click on create new table.
Step 2 : Create table like as person.
Step 3 : Now we will add a new data
screen. Right click on Screens->Add screen.
Step 4 : Select new data screen->Select
screen data (Person)->Ok.
Step 5 : Run the application (press F5).
Now you can create a new person. There are some built-in validations available in
LightSwitch such as when you blank the first name column then an error will be issued i.e. "Value cannot be empty".
Step 6 : If you have not entered the integer
value in the age column then an error will be shown such as in the following image.
Step 7 : If you entered less than 10
digits in the phone column then an error will be shown i.e. invalid phone number.
Step 8 : If you entered email address
without "@" sign then an error will be shown i.e. invalid email address.
Step 9 : If you want to
create a new person except with a different first person then you can do. For this purpose you will click
on Create New Person like the below image.
Step 10 : Now you can create the new person
like as the below image.
Step 11 : If you want to change the
screen name then you can do that. For this purpose you will go to the design screen on
the right corner of the application. Write the display name->Save.
Step 12 : If you want add delete button
in your data screen then you can do. To add the delete button you will go to the
design screen on the right corner of the application.
Go to command bar->Add->Delete->Save.
Step 13 : Now you will see there will
present delete button in your data screen. Now you can delete the data using
So here you saw how to use the new data screen in
LightSwitch application. Data screens are an essential part of the Visual Studio
LightSwitch. There are some built-in validation in a LightSwitch application if you
to create custom validation in Lightswitch application then you can do that. To
create custom validations in LightSwitch please open this link Custom Validation in Lightswitch
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