Enhanced users feature in Azure Mobile Services

In the last post I talked about the ability to get an access token with more permissions to talk to the authentication provider API, so we made it that feature more powerful. Last week we released a new update to the mobile services that makes some of that easier. With the new (preview) enhanced users…

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Expanded login scopes in Azure Mobile Services

A while back I wrote a post about getting more information about the logged in user in your mobile service, and this has been by far the most viewed post in the list I wrote about mobile services. By getting the identity object for the logged in user, the server scripts could talk to the…

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Application settings in Azure Mobile Services

This little feature was released over a month ago with little fanfare, and since I haven’t seen it covered anywhere I decided to write about it now. The idea of application settings is a set of key-value pairs which can be set for the mobile service (either via the portal or via the command-line interface),…

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Accessing optimistic concurrency features in Azure Mobile Services client SDKs

In my last post I talked about the new features in the tables inside Azure Mobile Services. One of those features is the ability to do conditional retrieval and updates of items, which can be used to implement optimistic concurrency in such tables. The scenario is that many clients can perform updates to the items…

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Accessing Azure Mobile Services from Android 2.2 (Froyo) devices

If you try to access a Windows Azure Mobile Service using the Android SDK from a device running Android version 2.2 (also known as Froyo), you’ll get an error in all requests. The issue is that that version of Android doesn’t accept the SSL certificate used in Azure Mobile Services, and you end up getting…

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Azure Mobile Services QuickStart for WPF

One of the great features in my opinion of Azure Mobile Services is the “quickstart” app – a ready-to-use, fully-functional application which you can get from the portal in many of the supported platforms, and start running right away. I find it to be a great way to learn about the service and the client…

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Complex types and Azure Mobile Services – Android version

Last week I posted about storing objects which have properties with complex types in Azure Mobile Services. That post was based on the managed SDK, but I’ve seen since then a couple of posts asking about how to do the same for Android. Here’s a short post about this issue. Recap The problem with complex…

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Web-based login on WPF projects for Azure Mobile Services

In almost all supported client platforms for Azure Mobile Services, there are two flavors of the login operation. The first one the client talks to an SDK specific to the login provider (i.e., the Live Connect SDK for Windows Store apps, the Facebook SDK for iOS, and so on) and then uses a token which…

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Complex types and Azure Mobile Services

About a year ago I posted a series of entries in this blog about supporting arbitrary types in Azure Mobile Services. Back then, the managed client SDK was using a custom serializer which only supported a very limited subset of simple types. To be use other types in the CRUD operations, one would need to…

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