The WCF Data Service developer center has been redesigned; the purpose of this update is to provide a much more hands-on experience and to make it easier to get started with OData services, and with WCF Data Services in particular. This means, in part, less random content and more videos.
Here are some of the featured “beginner’s guide” videos, all of which were, I believe, created for us by Shawn Wildermuth:
- Building an OData Service—basic OData with WCF Data Service quickstart using the Entity Framework provider, which parallels the WCF Data Services quickstart.
- Building an OData Service from Any Data Source—featuring the reflection provider
- Consuming OData using .NET—a basic WCF Data Services client quickstart, again paralleling the WCF Data Services quickstart.
- Consuming OData using Silverlight—parallels the Silverlight quickstart.
- Consuming OData using Windows Phone 7—parallels the OData for Windows Phone 7 quickstart
- Consuming OData using PHP—Brian Swan did this first, but glad to see it in video form.
- Consuming OData using Objective C—for those iPhone app lovers out there.
These video pages will also (eventually) link to other related MSDN library and blog content, and I’m hoping that Shawn will also publish his sample code projects from these videos to MSDN Code Gallery. I was also excited to find the new article Complete Guide to Building Custom Data Providers up there as well.
Look for more OData-related content going up here in the coming months.
WCF Data Services
OData: There’s a feed for that!