Mobile Services: request new features, //build// demos, and a new poster

Some interesting things today for fans of Windows Azure Mobile Services, Microsoft’s cloud-based backend solution for mobile device apps… Mobile Services Feedback Site is Open I wanted to let you know that the Windows Azure Mobile Services team has opened up their feedback request site for you to provide feedback on and propose new ideas…

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New Mobile Services Data Tutorials for iOS on the Silver Lining blog

Just a quick post today to call out some excellent posts by my compadre Ralph Squillace on using Mobile Services in iOS apps over on the Silver Lining blog: Windows Azure Mobile Services with iOS and Android Data Input Validation using the Windows Azure Mobile Services iOS client SDK Data Paging using the Windows Azure…

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Windows Phone 8 is Finally Here!

This is a great day for Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform, with the official launch of Windows Phone 8 along with the following Windows Phone 8-related clients and toolkits: Windows Phone 8 SDK Mobile Services SDK for Windows Phone 8 Windows Phone Toolkit for Windows Phone 8 OData Client Library for Windows Phone 8   Windows…

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Windows Azure Mobile Services—Now We Are Getting Somewhere

The Windows Azure team just enabled a whole set of new features and functionalities for the still-in-preview Mobile Services offering. You can read ScottGu’s blog post with the full details (there is a lot), but I wanted to specifically highlight two huge features that are (IMHO) really going to drive the adoption of Mobile Services…

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A Few New OData Things of Interest

There are a couple of interesting news items re. OData and WCF Data Services: WCF Data Services 5.1.0-RC2 is released The WCF Data Services team continues to work towards shoring-up support for the OData v3 spec, especially on a simplified JSON format.   Highlights of this RC release include the following: The new “lightweight” JSON format…

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Visual Basic Version of the Get started with data in Mobile Services Tutorial

Folks have been asking for a Visual Basic version of the Windows Azure Mobile Services quickstart and tutorial. This is probably because the Windows Azure Management Portal currently does not support the generation of the quickstart project in Visual Basic—it’s only C# and JavaScript at this time. So, in the meantime, I have created a…

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Introducing Mobile Services—A Quick Start to Windows Store Apps with Windows Azure

For those of you who have been following my blog, you know that I am very interested in the nexus of data services and mobile device apps, and especially OData Services and Windows Phone and Windows (8) Store apps.  In most of the apps that I have written, I have been able to use some…

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OData Client for Windows Store Apps

I’m happy to announce that OData client support for Windows Store apps (“formerly Metro apps”) in Windows 8 RTM has been released. This didn’t actually get chained into Visual Studio 2012 like it was in the pre-release, but it may be even easier to use in the new incarnation: WCF Data Services Tools for Windows…

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Windows Azure Storage: SQL Database versus Table Storage

I wrote an article for Windows Azure a while back called Guidance for OData in Windows Azure, where I described options for hosting OData services in Windows Azure. The easiest way to do this is to create a hosted WCF Data Service in Windows Azure that uses EF to access a SQL Database instance as…

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