Custom APIs in Azure Mobile Services

Today Scott Guthrie announced a couple of new features in Azure Mobile Services: custom APIs and Git source control. The Git source control is a preview feature, and I’ll talk about it in a future post, but custom APIs are ready to be used. Scott’s post already talked a little about this feature, but I…

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Preserving date time offsets in Azure Mobile Services

In my last post I mentioned that due to the heterogeneous nature of Azure Mobile Services (JavaScript in the server, other languages / frameworks in the client), some data types have some problems with the conversion between the two environments. Numbers and dates are the most common, but this post from the MSDN forum pointed…

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Large numbers and Azure Mobile Services

In any distributed system with different runtime environments, the way that data is represented in all nodes of the system, and transferred between them, can cause some problems if there is a mismatch between the nodes. In Azure Mobile Services we often have this issue – the server runtime runs on a JavaScript (or more…

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Updates (some API changes) to the Azure Mobile Services iOS SDK

Another quick one today. After some feedback from the community, we released a new version of the Azure Mobile Services iOS SDK which contains, in addition to a few bug fixes, some changes in the method names of some of the classes. Those changes were made to make the iOS SDK more in sync with…

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Azure Mobile Services Windows Store / JavaScript SDK – now also from NuGet

Quick post today. About a month ago we released a NuGet version of the managed client SDK. Last week we released the SDK for Windows Store applications / JavaScript also on NuGet, so you can develop applications using that platform without needing any installation (MSI). Building Windows Store / JavaScript applications with the NuGet package…

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Azure Mobile Services managed client – portable libraries and breaking changes

Among the requested features in the various forums for Azure Mobile Services, the usage of portable libraries has popped up quite often. We now have that support, which unifies the managed clients for the Windows Store and Windows Phone 8 platforms – and we’re also adding support for Windows Phone 7.5 as well. Johan Laanstra…

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Azure Mobile Services managed client – now also from NuGet

Currently if you want to create a Windows Store application which uses Azure Mobile Services, the process would be to go to either the quickstart page of your application in the Azure Portal (or the Windows Azure downloads page) and install the Mobile Services SDK: After installing the SDK, you can then go to the…

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Enabling Single Sign-On for Windows 8 Azure Mobile Apps

One of the common complaints about the authentication support in the Windows 8 SDK for Azure Mobile Services is that regardless of whether the user selects the “save password” / “remember me” checkbox when entering their credentials, every time the application starts and the user needs to authenticate, they have to enter their credentials all…

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Inserting multiple items at once in Azure Mobile Services

With the Azure Mobile Services client SDK, it’s fairly simple to insert an item into a table in Azure. Inserting multiple items can be also done fairly easily, simply inserting one at a time. But there are some scenarios where we want to actually do multiple insertions at once, to minimize the number of networking…

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Troubleshooting authentication issues in Azure Mobile Services

With the announcement last week in ScottGu’s blog, Azure Mobile Service now supports different kinds of authentication in addition to authentication using the Windows Live SDK which was supported at first. You can now authenticate the users of your applications using Facebook, Google, Twitter and even Microsoft Accounts (formerly known as Live IDs) without any…

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