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Protected: ITPro|DevConnections 2014

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Today we celebrated the new year in a special community event held at Microsoft Offices. First we had our usual discussions looking back at the community activities and then went on discussing what we could do more in order to engage more with the community. Finally we cut two cakes and two lucky guys woke out with an XBOX 360 with Kinect (unfortunately I wasn’t one of them).

I was able to stream and record most of this event through my tablet’s 3G network connection. The quality isn’t the best due to the connection speed, still you can still get a glimpse of what went on, even if you couldn’t make it today.

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I guess most of you will know by now that ItPro|DevConnections is holding a lottery for two msdn subscriptions for all of those that took advantage of the early bird offer and subscribed for the event before the 30th of September.

Well, I was assigned to perform the lottery which is going to take place today. This got me thinking, What would be the easiest (don’t have time) and geekiest (after all it’s a tech event) way to perform this lottery? And then it stuck me “why don’t I try LightSwitch, it’ll probably take me 10 minutes to prepare a full blown application”? And so it did, here’s what I’ve done:

1. Get the Data

OrdersSchemaSo first I needed the data, meaning the details (first name, last name, email etc.) of all of those that registered before the 30th of September. Luckily this year all the registrations went through a computerized system (that Techaholics made Winking smile) so it was very easy to extract all the data I needed, in a new table “Orders” in a new database.

The “Orders” table schema in the new database looked something like this.

2. Create LightSwitch Project

Next I created a new LightSwitch project using Visual Studio 2010 and the new template that you get when you install the LightSwitch framework. You can watch the video that I’ve made to see how I did it.

LightSwitch Draw application screencast

3. Randomly selecting a winner

The random selection logic that was put inside the button click handler was as shown in the video was:

Timer tm = null;
partial void Button_Execute()
  var orderList = this.OrderCollection.ToList();

  if (tm == null)
    tm = new Timer(new TimerCallback((callbackState) =>
        var list = (List)callbackState;
        Random r = new Random((int)DateTime.Now.Ticks);
        var selectedindex = r.Next(list.Count);
        var winner = list[selectedindex];

        IContentItemProxy proxy = this.FindControl("txtWinner");
        proxy.Invoke(() =>
          var txtWinner = (System.Windows.Controls.TextBox)proxy.Control;
          txtWinner.Text = string.Format("{0} {1} ({2})", 
            winner.Name, winner.LastName, winner.Code);

    tm.Change(Timeout.Infinite, Timeout.Infinite);
    tm = null;


  • None of the selected winners in the above video are the real ones. Winners will be picked later today and officially announced at
  • I don’t guarantee that the winner selection will be made using this application. I just made this one for fun – to explore LightSwitch.
  • The data shown on the screencast are sample data and were deleted once the sample was completed

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As promised yesterday, I’m publishing the slide deck I used as well as the demo source code I used. Stay tuned to get notified when the video of the event gets published on DotNetZone.

I had a great time discussing how Dynamic Data and ADO.NET data services work although I was pretty stressed out at the beginning with a number of technical problems (network was down, projector didn’t work etc) and catching up with some old friends.

Looking forward to do it again…