We’re Moving To The Microsoft Azure Blog

We are continually looking for ways to make it easier for you to stay on top of the latest product releases, resources, tools and news around Azure Mobile Services and Microsoft Azure in general.  Today, we’re happy to announce another step in that direction with the consolidation of this team blog into the Microsoft Azure…

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Fresh Updates to Azure Mobile Services .NET

Today we are rolling out a new set of updates to Azure Mobile Services .NET including: Better SQL Azure database initializers, Using local config settings, and Detecting when the service is unhealthy. Azure Mobile Services provide an easy way for building cloud connected mobile applications across any platform including iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Windows Store,…


Real-time with ASP.NET SignalR and Azure Mobile .NET Backend

We just released an update for Azure Mobile Services .NET backend which enables you to use ASP.NET SignalR for real-time, bi-directional communications with your mobile applications. SignalR will use WebSockets under the covers when it’s available, and fallback to other “techniques” (i.e. HTTP hacks 😉 when it isn’t. Regardless of the mode, your application code…


Bring Your Own Database with the .NET Backend

Azure Mobile Services helps provision a database for you when you create a new mobile service. But what if you want to connect to your own, existing SQL Azure database with the .NET backend? For example: You have an existing Mobile Service that uses the Node backend and has a lot of data in the…


Retrieving data from 1:n relationship using .NET backend Azure Mobile Services

The .NET backend for Azure Mobile Services makes it easy to expose related tables via Entity Framework. However, related entities are not returned by default – for example, if you retrieve the list of orders from your orderController, it will not return the order items unless you explicitly ask for it. The way to request related…

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Tables with Integer Keys and the .NET Backend

A question I’ve seen asked a few times on our internal email lists “how to expose tables that have integer keys in the database through the .NET Backend?”. The key is to use AutoMapper (see Mapping between Database Types and Client Types in the .NET Backend using AutoMapper an introduction). For example, the other day…


Connecting to an external Database with Node.js backend in Azure Mobile Services

Azure Mobile Services has recently released the new Hybrid Connections feature that provides an easy and effective way to connect to on-premises resources from your mobile service, available for both Node.js and .NET backends. One of the scenarios enabled by Hybrid Connections is utilizing a database hosted outside of Microsoft Azure from your Mobile Service…


Fixing errors when publishing different projects to a .NET backend

Quick post today. A few people in our team (and one in the forums) have hit an issue for which the current error logging doesn’t help too much, so write about this issue here. The problem is that when you try to publish a project to a mobile service where another project had been published…

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Logging with the .NET backend for Azure Mobile Services

On the node.js version of mobile services, logging was done mostly via the node’s console object. In any of the server scripts you could call console.[log|warn|error] and when that script was executed you could go to the “logs” tab in the portal to see them. In the .NET backend you still have the same capabilities,…

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