Specifying a Computed Property on Entities in Table Using LightSwitch 2012

This article describes how to specify a Computed Property on Table Entities in LightSwitch using Visual Studio 2012.

The following is the procedure for specifying a Computed Property on Table Entities.

Step 1

Open the Solution Explorer.

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Step 2

In the Solution Explorer, right-click on the data source and choose "Add Table".

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Step 3

The Table appears.


Step 4

From the table, suppose we select the Name entity (property). We can add a computed property by clicking at the top of the Computed Property button.

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We can also add this property by marking the "Is Computed" Checkbox as checked.

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This sets the "Is Computed" property in the properties window for you.

Step 5

In the Property window click on the "Edit Method" link.

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using System;

using System.Collections.Generic;

using System.Linq;

using System.Text;

using Microsoft.LightSwitch;

namespace LightSwitchApplication


    public partial class Employee


        partial void Name_Compute(ref string result)


            // Set result to the desired field value

            result = this.FName + " " + this.LName;





Step 6

In the Solution Explorer, right-click on the Screens and choose "Add Screen".

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Step 7

Select the Add New Screen from the Screen Template. Under Screen Information we provide the Screen Name and Screen Data and then click "OK".


Step 8

The Screen Designer appears.

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Step 9

Press F5 to run the application.

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Click on the "Save" button and we get:

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