Want to work on HTML5 database stuff? We’re looking

As I mentioned yesterday, we’re working on HTML5 stuff in general here at Microsoft, and my team in particular is looking at the database APIs in HTML5. If you want to be a part of this (working with the rest of the standard folks, design APIs, design things that work on top, etc.) definitely drop…


HTML5 does databases

The HTML5* specification has been cooking for a while and lately the amount of buzz around it has been growing at full speed. Just search for #HTML5 in twitter and you’ll see what I mean. After even a quick look at it, it becomes evident that the next version of HTML aims to go much…


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…


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…


"Data Friction", spot-on

Jon Udell wrote a brief piece on how data is locked on servers behind UIs that were not designed for data sharing. He views this as “data friction”…it’s just the perfect way to describe the problem. I couldn’t agree more with Jon’s take. I would even take it further: an operation-centric approach to interfaces is…


We’ll host an experimental Astoria data service for you

When we announced Project Astoria at Mix 2007 last May we made the toolkit available along with a few samples as an online service. The missing piece there was the ability to create your own service online in the experimental setting we had setup. Now Mike has just announced the availability of the new version…


Astoria Client for Silverlight Alpha 1.1

Last May when we shipped the first CTP of Microsoft Codename “Astoria” we included a client library in addition to the components for the server. The original client library can be used from .NET applications in cases where you do not want to develop directly against the HTTP interface, and rather you want to use…


Podcast interview with Jon Udell

Last week I had a great conversation with Jon Udell about Astoria. Jon is a great interviewer and he knows how to explore a topic in his own style, so you get to hear about Astoria from a different perspective, without having to listen to my “standard pitch” again 🙂 The interview is posted in…


Security in data services

We still have more questions than answers on what is the appropriate security story for data services. The May CTP of Astoria had some ideas built into it, but it was clearly not enough to build real-world applications. There is quite a bit that needs to be explored in this space. I wanted to take…


Astoria in Channel9

Charles from Channel9 came by my office a week or two ago and recorded this video where we discussed the motivations, target scenarios and some of the interface details of Astoria.  https://channel9.msdn.com/showpost.aspx?postid=305985 -pablo