Mix 2009 next week in Las Vegas

Given how much of what we do in my team is related to the web (ADO.NET Data Services, System.Xml, etc.), Mix is one of the events I look forward every year, both to share some of the stuff we’re working on and to hear from attendees who are building real-world applications. If you are around,…

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SQL Data Services goes full relational

A few days ago we announced the big news about SQL Data Services (SDS) switching to being a full relational database on the cloud. I’ve been a strong supporter of this path for a number of reasons. Relational databases are very well understood and there is a large base of expertise for them in the…

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Busy week: ADO.NET Data Services v1.5 CTP coming and "Astoria Offline" preview out

We announced two releases this week, kind of usual but it worked out this way. The first one is the first CTP of ADO.NET Data Services v1.5. This is the next version of “Astoria” or the ADO.NET Data Services framework, and it includes a number of enhancements that were requested both by the developer community…

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Adding support for JSONP and URL-controlled format to ADO.NET Data Services

JSONP is a common way of making data accessible in client-side mashups even when the requests need to be cross-domain. While the current version of the ADO.NET Data Services framework does not support this, it’s possible to build it on top. There are a couple of ways of doing this. Here is what’s probably the…

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ADO.NET Data Services in Windows Azure: pushing scalability to the next level

The announcement of Windows Azure is a big milestone for us in the Astoria team. We got a chance to add our little contribution to the platform by providing data service interfaces for a couple of the Azure services. Currently there are two services that use the ADO.NET Data Services runtime: the Windows Azure Tables…

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Now you know…it’s Windows Azure

Since we shipped ADO.NET Data Services v1 in .NET 3.5 SP1 (and actually before that as well) I’ve been working on a few things that I could share (such as offline/sync support for data services) and some that I couldn’t discuss publicly until all the big plans where announced. This week at PDC Microsoft announced…

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Trying something: short videos in our design notes

During the design of Data Services (Astoria) v1 we did the transparent design thing. We’re quite happy with the result, we got a lot of feedback and were able to adjust many aspects of the project based on that. Now that we’re in full swing with v2 design work, we’re going to be posting regularly…

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Timeline of Project Astoria

It’s amazing how much information is there in our email archives. Now that we’ve shipped the thing, I thought I would share my summarized (still long), partial view of how the ADO.NET Data Services Framework ("Project Astoria") came to be. I left out a ton of partners, important events and features that came and went…

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Coming from under the rocks just to celebrate for a bit

I’ve been sort of under a rock for a while, but I thought I’d come out for a minute to celebrate. Today we made available .NET 3.5 SP1 and Visual Studio 2008 SP1. There are two components in the release I spent a bunch of time on, which interestingly enough have very different origins and…

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Software Development Meme

Roger just tagged me for this software development meme thing…it looks like Julia tagged him, Shawn tagged Julia, etc. so all the usual suspects have been down this path already. I’ll bite… How old were you when you first started programming?I got my first computer, a Commodore 64, when I was 10. I just had…

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