Create your own hosted Astoria Data Service

At the Mix 2007 conference we announced an Astoria CTP which included two major pieces:  CTP bits you can download, install and run on your own systems and an experimental read only online service over a few sample (northwind, etc) sets of data that we hope will help us better understand the requirements and use… Read more

Compatibility heads-up: prototype != production code

It’s amazing to see how many people are building great things with Astoria so early in the cycle. We talk with folks in the development community often and we hear stories that range from teaching classes, to giving talks, to building experimental systems, all the way to building tools that work on top of Astoria…. Read more

Using WCF Data Services 5.6.0 with Entity Framework 6+

And now for some exciting news: you can finally use WCF Data Services with Entity Framework 6+! Today we are uploading a new NuGet package called WCF Data Services Entity Framework Provider. This NuGet package bridges the gap between WCF Data Services 5.6.0 and Entity Framework 6+. We were able to build this provider as… Read more

Announcing ADO.NET Data Services v1.5 CTP1

It’s been a little while since we’ve written about the future direction of data services, so this post is intended to layout our thinking towards our next release.  The release described below isn’t yet available, but should be in the coming months, so stay tuned :).  The rest of this post will discuss the specifics… Read more

ADO.NET Data Services Framework Beta 1 is Live!

We are very excited to announce that .NET 3.5 SP1 Beta 1 and Visual Studio 2008  SP1 Beta 1 are now available!  This beta marks the entry of the ADO.NET Data Services Framework as well as the ADO.NET Entity Framework as part of the overall .NET/Visual Studio product and will be the final beta before… Read more

Transparency in the design process

We have been looking at various options to ensure that the design of Astoria truly reflects the requirements of the day to day challenges that our developer community faces when building real-world web applications and services. We would like to start by being as transparent as possible in the design process. I wanted to briefly… Read more

Announcing the OData SDK

Last November at PDC 09 we announced the Open Data Protocol (OData), providing a way to unlock your data and free it from silos that exist in applications today. OData makes it easy for data to be shared in a manner that follows the philosophy of Open Data and enables the creation of REST-based data… Read more

RTM is here!

ADO.NET Data Services (aka “Project Astoria”) has Released!  Today marks the official RTM of Visual Studio 2008 SP1 and the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1, and we are thrilled to announce the official RTM of the ADO.NET Entity Framework and ADO.NET Data Services. You can find more information and download SP1 at http://msdn.microsoft.com/data . The remainder… Read more

Design Notes: Row Count

One of the scenarios we have heard feedback around is the ability for the a client of a data service to determine the total number of entities in a set without having to retrieve them all. The following video discusses this scenario in more detail and some of our thoughts regarding how to make the… Read more

WCF Data Services 5.0 RTM Release

I’m very pleased to announce the WCF Data Services 5.0 RTM release. You can download WCF Data Services 5.0 from here. This release includes several client and server features and libraries for .NET 4 and Silverlight 4. Below is a brief breakdown of the features that are available in this release. Upcoming blog posts will… Read more