Implementing only certain aspects of OData

While we focus on keeping things simple, the whole OData protocol does have a bunch of functionality in it, and you don’t always need the whole thing. If you’re implementing a client or a server, how much of OData do you need to handle?   OData is designed to be modular and grow as you…

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Every SharePoint 2010 server is a Data Services server

I haven’t been writing much here, mostly because I’ve been way too busy but also because I couldn’t discuss publicly many of the things I’m doing. Now that SharePoint 2010 has been announced and its feature set published everywhere, I can finally discuss one of the coolest things we’ve been up to lately. SharePoint is…

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We’re on a roll: Java client for Data Services announced

Just a few weeks after announcing the PHP toolkit for Data Services we now are happy to announce a Java toolkit for consuming Data Services that follow the Astoria RESTful data services pattern. The library ships as an extension to the existing Java Restlet library. I’m really happy to see more and more clients and…

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ADO.NET Data Services v1.5 CTP2!

Yesterday we announced that the CTP 2 of the ADO.NET Data Services framework (yeah, Astoria) is available for download. We put in a ton of work on this release, ranging from adding better support for high-end services to making it easier to write applications in Silverlight by having cross-domain and proper data-binding support. Official announcement…

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PHP toolkit for ADO.NET Data Services

Folks in the interoperability team at Microsoft just announced something they’ve been cooking for a while, developed Persistent Systems: a client PHP toolkit for Astoria services. It follows more or less the model of the .NET client where you can run a tool during development to get code-gen based on a data service metadata, and then…

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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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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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