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LightSwitch Star Contest

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Visual Studio LightSwitch is the easiest and quickest way to build business applications for the desktop or the cloud. Do you have what it takes to be a LightSwitch Star? Show us your coolest, most productive, LightSwitch business application and you could win an ASUS U31SD-DH31 Laptop!

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Check out the LightSwitch Star submissions on Code Project!       
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First Way to Submit

Just send us an email at lscsubmission@codeproject.com with your answers to our questions, and a screenshot of your app, and we'll do the rest!

Got more to show off? Then write an article or submit a video by reading the instructions below.

*Note: By submitting an email we are creating an account for you on Code Project. Please see our Terms of Service.
Second Way to Submit
Third Way to Submit
Write an article submission
  1. Download the submission template
  2. Write the article by answering the questions on the template
  3. Go to submission (Use our FAQ to guide your submission process)
  4. Ensure that you have the LightSwitch tags added and that location is set to "LightSwitch" section (under the Web Development heading) and the "LightSwitch Star Contest"
  5. You can include screenshots of your app in JPG,PNG or GIF or optionally the source code in a ZIP File or an outside link to it.

  6. Change the wizard to HTML mode like this then paste your created article submission
  7. Hit the Submit button

Submit a video on YouTube

Submission Guidelines

Prove that LightSwitch saved your business the most time and money or show us the amazing things you can do with LightSwitch and you could be a winner! Prizes will be issued monthly for two categories: Most Efficient Business Application and Most Ground-breaking Application. Your submission is eligible to win every month! See judging and monthly prizes below.

Answer the template questions, follow the Application Requirements and pay attention to the additional rules.

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Questions

Please answer these questions:

  1. What does your application (or extension) do? What business problem does it solve?
  2. How many screens and entities does this application have?

Additionally answer as many questions below to improve your chances to win.

  1. Did LightSwitch save your business money? How?
  2. Would this application still be built if you didn’t have LightSwitch? If yes, with what?
  3. How many users does this application support?
  4. How long did this application take to actually build using LightSwitch?
  5. Does this application use any LightSwitch extensions? If so, which ones? Did you write any of these extensions yourself? If so, is it available to the public? Where?
  6. How did LightSwitch make your developer life better? Was it faster to build compared to other options you considered?

Judging

We're looking for submissions that show off LightSwitch's productivity and/or extensibility. Prove that LightSwitch saved your business the most time and money. Or show us the amazing things you can do with LightSwitch's extensibility model. Answer the questions above to convince us! Judging will be made by both CodeProject and the LightSwitch Team. The community will also greatly influence our decision as we look at community comments and ratings on each of the submissions.
  • Category 1: Most Efficient Business Application
    • Shows productivity: "LightSwitch saved my business lots of time & money!"
    • Most compelling use of LightSwitch to solve a business problem
      • May use multiple and/or large data sources
      • Shows off user productivity features
      • Doesn’t necessarily need to use any extensions
    • Saved the business the most time and money to build relative to the size & function of the application
  • Category 2: Most Ground-Breaking Business Application
    • Shows extensibility: “I can’t believe this is a LightSwitch Application!”
    • Same judging as above but additionally:
      • Uses extensions, shells, controls, etc., to extend LightSwitch past what you get out of the box.
        • Could be any extension(s) – commercial or roll-your-own

Monthly Prizes

Prizes will be issued monthly for the two categories and your submission is eligible to win every month.
  • Most Effective Business Application
    • First Prize: A bundled sponsor giveaway! Get your hands on cool components/control suites for LightSwitch and more! Includes: Document Toolkit for LightSwitch (First Floor Software), SalesForce.ADO.NET Data Provider (rssbus), OLAP for Silverlight (ComponentOne)
    • Second Prize: $50 Amazon gift card
  • Most Ground-breaking Business Application
    • First Prize: A bundled sponsor giveaway! Get your hands on cool components/control suites for LightSwitch and more! Includes: Document Toolkit for LightSwitch (First Floor Software), Sharepoint ADO.NET Data Provider (rssubs), OLAP for LightSwitch (ComponentOne)
    • Second Prize: $50 Amazon gift card

Additionally a Grand Prize Laptop (or cash equivalent) will be given away for each category awarded at contest end.

Grand Prize: ASUS UL30VT-X1K Laptop

  • IntelCore 2 Duo Processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 500GB SATA HD
  • NVidia G210M 512 MB
  • Windows 7 Home Premium "requirements"

Current Winners

Most Effective Business Application

Most Ground-breaking Business Application

Application Requirements

  • Applications must be built using Visual Studio LightSwitch 2011 RTM (get a free trial)
  • Contestants must be the owners of the submitted applications (you cannot submit other people’s work!)
  • You can submit sample applications and/or extensions you built or actual applications running in a business
  • If you are submitting an extension for consideration, please submit a sample that demonstrates using it in a LightSwitch application
  • Additional weight will be given to entries that describe how LightSwitch made your development life better/easier
  • Additional weight will be given to entries that submit real applications running in a business
  • Additional weight will be given to entries that make the application public facing and/or using Azure deployment
  • See judging categories and further regulations below

Additional Rules

  1. Must be an article or video on LightSwitch application or extension.
  2. Must tag article / blog entry with LightSwitch tag.
  3. The contest begins on Oct 31, 2011 and will end Jan 31, 2012 at 11:59:59 PM US Eastern Standard Time. All entries must be submitted during this period in order to qualify.
  4. Articles / video entries must follow the submission guidelines above.
  5. No cheating, lying, stealing code, swashbuckling, or biting.
  6. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  7. Only those who live in jurisdictions in which this contest is legal may enter.
  8. Any breach of the rules and the prize will be awarded to the runner up.
  9. By entering the contest you agree to the rules, conditions of entry, and agree that your member alias, article, code and any other submitted material can be used for promotional purposes by The Code Project and/or Microsoft.
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This contest has ended.
26 Oct 2011 - 25 Jan 2012

Current Entries

Articles that match the contest criteria are automatically entered.

17 Jan 2012
Chun Te
An article about applications that is an enterprise system targeted for Small & Medium Enterprises in Malaysia and Singapore
19 Jan 2012
stuxstu
Job application tracker for those out of work built using Visual Studio Lightswitch 2011.
19 Dec 2011
Delordson Kallon
The one stop shop for all your asset, equipment and facilities management needs
14 Nov 2011
Matt Milner
A LightSwitch application manages student, parent, and staff information
18 Nov 2011
Glen Banta
Integrating the HSS Interlink UploadFileDialog feature with Microsoft’s application platform, LightSwitch for Visual Studio.
10 Dec 2011
Keith Craigo
Security Central is a role based application designed for Corporate Legal and Physical Security Departments.
9 Dec 2011
Royce Bacon
How to search for SSRS subscriptions
3 Jan 2012
Netsuper
The LS application is used to interface to a SharePoint list (used as the dataset) to provide timestamp and delay code inputs to the SharePoint list.
26 Oct 2011
Alessandro Del Sole
This article explains how to acquire images from scanners and Webcams and how to store them to a LightSwitch application's database
19 Jan 2012
Julio Iglesias Vázquez
A mini-CRM that helps with POS records, service request, field technicians workload, inventory, inventory tracking, fuel management and reports.
27 Oct 2011
Alessandro Del Sole
This article explains how to bind Pie Chart controls from the Silverlight Toolkit to a LightSwitch screen
8 Dec 2011
PaulSPatterson
The Health and Safety Management System is an application that is used to help organizations better manage and mitigate health and safety statistics and KPIs.
8 Dec 2011
defwebserver
Describing how the WindowsDevNews.com site uses Visual Studio LightSwitch for it's back-end
14 Dec 2011
defwebserver
An Advanced Visual Studio LightSwitch Application
13 Nov 2011
Kunal Chowdhury «IN»
In this Tutorial, I will show you how to integrate a UserControl in LightSwitch Application.
18 Nov 2011
ihesie
Church+ is a comprehensive, extensive and integrative church management application
3 Jan 2012
TexasRob
Demonstrates several LightSwitch capabilities including WCF-RIA services, Native SQL, Name and Addres merge purge
8 Dec 2011
defwebserver
The point of this article is to demonstrate methods you can use when faced with integrating a complex control.
20 Dec 2011
PaulSPatterson
A LightSwitch created Health and Safety Management System
23 Jan 2012
TheRegan
A system for easily and effectively storing product information and managing promotions.
28 Nov 2011
Florin Badea
This article presents a LightSwitch application used to manage the resources needed to build university timetables
28 Nov 2011
Florin Badea
This article presents a LightSwitch application that is used to manage users and roles from an existing database
3 Dec 2011
Laurentz Tonniau
We created a business application for a structural and architectural engineering company. The purpose of the application is to manage all building projects and all parties who are involved in a project.
23 Jan 2012
Jaganathan Bantheswaran
A tool to generate Sql server DB script from the LightSwitch internal database
24 Nov 2011
Joel Yeow
The app was created to help remember favourite food
12 Jan 2012
yannduran
Luminous Commands provides two pieces of functionality that was missing from LS RTM but wanted by many users
12 Jan 2012
Netsuper
The Access Control Manager tracks user access to applications and other products (such as hardware, cellphones, etc.) by creating requests for access by the supervisor of the user
You must sign in to participate in this contest.
This contest has ended.
26 Oct 2011 - 25 Jan 2012

Current Participants

Those with articles that match the contest criteria are automatically entered.

Kunal Chowdhury «IN»
Software Developer (Senior)
India India
Kunal Chowdhury is a Microsoft "Windows Platform Development" MVP (Most Valuable Professional), a Codeproject Mentor, Telerik Developer Expert, Nokia Developer Champion, Windows 10 Champion, Microsoft Rockstar, Speaker in various Microsoft events, Author, passionate Blogger and a Software Engineer by profession.

He is currently working in an MNC located in India. He has a very good skill over XAML, C#, Silverlight, Windows Phone, WPF and Windows Store (WinRT) app development. He posts his findings, articles, tutorials in his technical blog and CodeProject.

Book authored:

Connect with me on:

My CodeProject Awards/Prizes:

Alessandro Del Sole
Other
Italy Italy
I'm a Microsoft Visual Basic MVP. I'm an Italian .NET developer and I write articles and books about Visual Basic, Visual Studio LightSwitch, and the .NET technologies.

Check out my blog at: http://community.visual-basic.it/AlessandroEnglish
Chun Te
Malaysia Malaysia
No Biography provided
defwebserver
Software Developer (Senior) http://ADefWebserver.com
United States United States
Michael Washington is a Microsoft MVP. He is a ASP.NET and
C# programmer.
He is the founder of
AiHelpWebsite.com,
LightSwitchHelpWebsite.com, and
HoloLensHelpWebsite.com.

He has a son, Zachary and resides in Los Angeles with his wife Valerie.

He is the Author of:
Delordson Kallon
United Kingdom United Kingdom
No Biography provided
Florin Badea
Software Developer
Romania Romania
No Biography provided
Glen Banta
Chief Technology Officer HighSpeed-Solutions, LLC
United States United States
No Biography provided
ihesie
Nigeria Nigeria
No Biography provided
Jaganathan Bantheswaran
Software Developer
India India
Be simple & sample

http://www.jagan-bhathri.com
http://about.me/jaganathan
Joel Yeow
United States United States
No Biography provided
Julio Iglesias Vázquez
Dominican Republic Dominican Republic
No Biography provided
Keith Craigo
Web Developer
United States United States
Web Developer for over 13 years.
Javascript, PHP, Flex and Visual Studio LightSwitch.
Laurentz Tonniau
Software Developer Firmware
Belgium Belgium
Hi we are Firmware a consultancy and software house specialized in developing and implementing custom software for SME.
Matt Milner
United States United States
No Biography provided
Netsuper
United States United States
No Biography provided
No Biography provided
Royce Bacon
Software Developer (Senior) Exacta Corporation
United States United States
No Biography provided
stuxstu
Product Manager
United States United States
Hobby coder - VB.NET, C#, and Lightswitch advocate! I am a product manager specializing in data analysis systems for industrial manufacturing.
TexasRob
United States United States
No Biography provided
TheRegan
Software Developer (Senior) Xero
New Zealand New Zealand
No Biography provided
yannduran
Software Developer (Senior)
Australia Australia
No Biography provided
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This contest has ended.
26 Oct 2011 - 25 Jan 2012
 
First Prize  -  Security Central
Prize pool Document Toolkit for LightSwitch - Koen Zwikstra
ComponentOne OLAP for Silverlight - ET21387
RSS Bus ADO.NET Data Provider - Eric M
 
First Prize  -  Church+
Prize pool Document Toolkit for LightSwitch - Koen Zwikstra
ComponentOne OLAP for Silverlight - ET21387
RSS Bus ADO.NET Data Provider - Eric M
 
First Prize  -  Health and Safety Management System
Prize pool Document Toolkit for LightSwitch - Koen Zwikstra
ComponentOne OLAP for Silverlight - ET21387
RSS Bus ADO.NET Data Provider - Eric M
 
First Prize  -  Patient Tracker
Prize pool Document Toolkit for LightSwitch - Koen Zwikstra
ComponentOne OLAP for Silverlight - ET21387
RSS Bus ADO.NET Data Provider - Eric M
 
First Prize  -  Lightswitch Job Hunter Application
Prize pool Document Toolkit for LightSwitch - Koen Zwikstra
ComponentOne OLAP for Silverlight - ET21387
RSS Bus ADO.NET Data Provider - Eric M
 
First Prize  -  MyBizz Portal: The "smallest" LightSwitch application you have ever seen (LightSwitch Star Contest entry).
Prize pool Document Toolkit for LightSwitch - Koen Zwikstra
ComponentOne OLAP for Silverlight - ET21387
RSS Bus ADO.NET Data Provider - Eric M
 
Second Prize  -  PTA LightSwitch
Prize pool Amazon Gift Certificate - Jeff Hadfield
 
Second Prize  -  Engineering App
Prize pool Amazon Gift Certificate - Jeff Hadfield
 
Second Prize  -  Orion - MiniCRM Lightswitch and Azure
Prize pool Amazon Gift Certificate - Jeff Hadfield
 
Second Prize  -  Instant Assets
Prize pool Amazon Gift Certificate - Jeff Hadfield
 
Second Prize  -  Data Centre: A Product Information and Promotion Management System
Prize pool Amazon Gift Certificate - Jeff Hadfield
 
Second Prize  -  Light Enterprise Solution
Prize pool Amazon Gift Certificate - Jeff Hadfield
You must sign in to participate in this contest.
This contest has ended.
26 Oct 2011 - 25 Jan 2012
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This contest has ended.
26 Oct 2011 - 25 Jan 2012

Judging

Judging will be made by both Code Project and the LightSwitch Team. The community will also greatly influence our decision as we look at these things for each entry:

  • Highest Ratings
  • Most Votes
  • Most positive comments

Judging Categories

  • Most Efficient Business Application "LightSwitch saved my business lots of time & money!"
    • Most compelling use of LightSwitch to solve a business problem
      • May use multiple and/or large data sources
      • Shows off user productivity features
      • Doesn’t necessarily need to use any extensions
    • Saved the business the most time and money to build relative to the size & function of the application
  • Most Ground-Breaking Business Application “I can’t believe this is a LightSwitch Application!”
    • Same judging as above but additionally:
      • Uses extensions, shells, controls, to really knock our socks off
        • Could be any extension(s) – commercial or roll-your-own

Additional Rules

  1. Must be an article or video on LightSwitch application or extention.
  2. Must tag article / blog entry with LightSwitch tag.
  3. The contest begins on Oct 27, 2011 and will end Jan 25, 2012 at 11:59:59 PM US Eastern Standard Time. All entries must be submitted during this period in order to qualify.
  4. Articles / video entries must follow the guidelines.
  5. No cheating, lying, stealing code, swashbuckling, or biting.
  6. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  7. Only those who live in jurisdictions in which this contest is legal may enter.
  8. Any breach of the rules and the prize will be awarded to the runner up.
  9. By entering the contest you agree to the rules, conditions of entry, and agree that your member alias, article, code and any other submitted material can be used for promotional purposes by The Code Project.
  10. A reasonable US$ equivalent in lieu of the prize may also be awarded.
  11. Entries shall be deemed to be submitted by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at the time of entry unless clearly indicated otherwise. "Authorized account holder" is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an email address by an internet access provider, on-line service provider, or other organization (e.g. business, educational institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address.

www.codeproject.com members can vote on your article and YouTube users can vote on the videos. The articles that are highest-rated by members will be rated by our judges to determine the final winner.

Eligibility

This competition is open to software development professionals & enthusiasts who are of the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence; however, residents of Quebec and of the following countries are ineligible to participate due to legal constraints: Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria. Employees (or a member of their immediate family) of The Code Project or any of their affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising or promotional agencies are also ineligible to participate. Void where prohibited by law.

How to Enter

Entry is by the submission process described. Please read the submission requirements before submitting your entry.

Lost, late, misdirected, or illegible entries will be disqualified. Any entry containing content that The Code Project deems objectionable for any reason will be disqualified. All decisions of The Code Project with respect to any aspect of the competition, including, without limitation, the eligibility of entries, are final and binding on all entrants in all matters as they relate to this competition. The Code Project reserves its right to modify the Rules.

The Code Project assumes no responsibility for lost, late, delayed, destroyed or misdirected mail, voice messages, email or any computer errors or malfunctions. No correspondence will be entered into with entrants.

The Code Project does not assume any responsibility for incorrect or inaccurate capture of entry information, technical malfunctions, human or technical error, lost, delayed or garbled data or transmissions, omission, interruption, deletion, defect or failures of any telephone or computer line or network, computer equipment, software or any combination thereof. Entry materials/data that have been tampered with or altered are void. If for any reason, in the opinion of The Code Project in its sole discretion, the competition is not capable of running as originally planned, or if the administration, security, fairness, integrity or the proper conduct of the competition is corrupted or adversely affected, including by reason of infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other causes beyond its control, The Code Project reserves its right to cancel, terminate, modify, amend, extend or suspend the competition including cancelling any method of entry, and select a winner from previously received eligible entries. The Code Project reserves its right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the competition or to be acting in violation of the Rules or otherwise in a disruptive manner. The Code Project reserves its right to seek remedies and damages to the fullest extent of the law for any attempts to deliberately damage the competition web site or to undermine the legitimate operation of this competition. The Code Project shall not be held responsible for any errors or negligence that may arise or occur in connection with the competition including any damage to an entrant's computer equipment, system, software or any combination thereof, as a result of their participation in this competition or from downloading any material from the competition website where applicable.

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