Creating an Azure Mobile Services .NET backend from scratch

[This post originally appeared in http://blogs.msdn.com/b/azuremobile/archive/2014/04/10/creating-an-azure-mobile-services-net-backend-from-scratch.aspx. I’ll be writing Azure Mobile Service related posts in the Azure Mobile blog primarily, and cross-posting them here for people who have feeds linked to this blog only] When learning a new feature I often like to understand the minimum pieces necessary to get it running. In the case…


Deep dive on the offline support in the Azure Mobile Service managed client SDK

[This post originally appeared in http://blogs.msdn.com/b/azuremobile/archive/2014/04/07/deep-dive-on-the-offline-support-in-the-managed-client-sdk.aspx. I’ll be writing Azure Mobile Service related posts in the Azure Mobile blog primarily, and cross-posting them here for people who have feeds linked to this blog only] Last week we announced a new feature in the Azure Mobile Service SDK (managed code only for now): support for offline…


Caching and handling expired tokens in Azure Mobile Services managed SDK

A while back my colleague Josh Twist had a great series of posts about Azure Mobile Services (or “Zumo”, as he called). This was when the service was in its infancy, and some things changed, but the content is still excellent. One of the topics was about caching authentication tokens, so that the application wouldn’t…


Using service filters with the Mobile Services JavaScript SDK

A few weeks ago I answered a question on StackOverflow where the developer needed a way to intercept every request which went to the service (in their case, to display a progress bar while the request was “in flight”). The answer for that was to use a service filter in the mobile services client, which…


Using the Facebook iOS SDK for logging in to Azure Mobile Services

In my previous post I talked about how we can use the Facebook Android SDK to log in to Azure Mobile Services; continuing on with the topic, let’s look at the FB SDK for iOS projects. Getting the Facebook iOS SDK The first thing you need is the Facebook iOS SDK, which can be downloaded…


Using the Facebook Android SDK for logging in to Azure Mobile Services

When an application needs to login to an Azure Mobile Service to access protected resources, there are basically two ways to do that. One is using what I called the server-side (or web-based) authentication flow, which I mentioned in a few previous posts – the SDK will show a web control with the login page…


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…


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…


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),…