Two great uses of the OData Service for Team Foundation Server 2010

It’s been less than two weeks since I released the beta of the OData Service for Team Foundation Server 2010 and my inbox has been overwhelmed with positive feedback, suggestions for future enhancements, and people telling me how they are using this service in their own projects. Thanks to everybody who has taken time to share your experience with me!

Some of those projects are not yet public and I don’t want to steal the thunder from the teams working on them, but I did want to share two quick examples of how people are using this service.

First Windows Phone 7 app for Team Foundation Server in the marketplace
Ordina Belgium built a really nice free Windows Phone 7 app called TFS Monitor. You can install the application from here if you have a Windows Phone 7 device and the Zune software installed, but be sure to read their installation instructions for how to enable this service with your own TFS server. I’m using this app with the public OData Service we deployed for CodePlex to monitor my projects. It works great! I especially like the notifications, offline support, and really nice UI that Ordina delivered with this app.

PowerShell Commandlets
Doug Finke, a Microsoft MVP, created some really nice PowerShell commandlets which allow you to interact with your CodePlex projects via OData. Doug has published all of the source code here, so you could use this with CodePlex or even adapt it for use with your own private deployment of the OData Service.

Thanks to Ordina and to Doug for creating these great experiences. If you are working on a project which uses the OData Service for Team Foundation Server 2010 I’d love to hear about it.

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