New Windows Azure Guidance Topics Published

Just a quick post to let everyone know that we have just published a new set of Windows Azure prescriptive guidance topics for developers: Windows Azure Developer Guidance This release includes two guidance topics I wrote: Guidance for OData in Windows Azure Using Windows Phone with Windows Azure These topics are about 90% of where…

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Dealing with Binary Resource Streams and Tombstoning

-or- Sync’ing OData to Local Storage in Windows Phone (Part 3) If you have been following this series, you know that I have been demonstrating a way to persist data from an OData feed to a local Windows Phone (“Mango”) device. Just to refresh, here are the benefits of maintaining a local cache of data:…

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Storing Complex Types, Binary Resources, and Other Tricky Things

-or- Sync’ing OData to Local Storage in Windows Phone (Part 2) In my previous post in this series, I described how to use a T4 template in Visual Studio to generate a hybrid proxy that supports both OData feeds and local database storage. There were also a few local storage issues that I didn’t get…

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Sync’ing OData to Local Storage in Windows Phone (Part 1)

or My First T4 Template This is the first blog post in a new series that focuses on my work to develop prescriptive guidance for synchronizing clients with cloud services—more specifically, how to best create and maintain a local cache of OData entities on a Windows Phone client. This post deals specifically with my first…

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Future Improvements for the PASS Event Browser App

-or- Inside the PASS Event Browser for Windows Phone (Part 3) OK, and now for the final installment of the series about my PASS Event Browser app. Improvements in v2.0 As I am writing this post, I have just submitted v2.0 of the PASS Events Browser, which includes the following improvements: Filtered queries are now…

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Publishing My First Windows Phone App to the Marketplace

-or- Inside the PASS Event Browser for Windows Phone (Part 2) OK, so here is the second part of what has turned out to be a very long blog post about my PASS Events Browser app for Windows Phone 7.5 (“Mango”). In the previous post, I covered the technical and design decisions that I made…

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Designing My First (Public) Windows Phone App

-or- Inside the PASS Event Browser for Windows Phone (Part 1) Now that I have completed the first update to my PASS Event Browser app for Windows Phone 7.5, I thought it might be helpful for me to share some of my experiences in this process—at least for folks considering creating OData client apps on…

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Introducing the PASS Event Browser App for Windows Phone

Well, I was trying to get a new Windows Phone application created, certified, and up on Marketplace in time for the big PASS Summit 2011 this past week, but sadly, the timing just didn’t work out right.  Note: I discovered that it can easily take the full week that they warn you about to get through…

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OData Improvements for Windows Phone 7.5 (“Mango”)…

…in the Windows Phone SDK 7.1 The OData team has made many significant improvements to the client library for Windows  Phone 7.5 (formerly code-named “Mango”), which now ships in the Windows Phone SDK 7.1. Frankly, there is so much awesome new functionality in this release that I couldn’t get all the OData improvement details into…

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WCF Data Services October 2011 CTP Now Available

Hopefully, by now folks have seen the official announcement about the release of the WCF Data Services October 2011 CTP. This release includes a bunch of new “in progress” OData v3 features, such as actions, spatial data types and operations, and vocabularies. The exact extent of the support in this CTP is detailed in the post…

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