Using the OData Async Extension Method for LoadAsync

I posted a few months back about Phani’s OData async extension methods that convert the begin/end async pattern of the WCF Data Services client library into methods that support the new (and much easier) async/await pattern introduced in .NET Framework 4.5. I also added some critical missing async extension methods (such as LoadAsync) in my…

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Time to get the WCF Data Services 5.6.0 RTM Tools

Folks who have recently tried to download and install the OData Client Tools for Windows Store apps (the one that I have been using in all my apps, samples, and blog posts to date) have been blocked by a certificate issue that prevents the installation of this client and tools .msi. While a temporary workaround…

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Revisited: The Story of Pubs, Northwind, and AdventureWorks

Matt Stroshane has recently taken down his Phone to Cloud blog (sad to see that), but he asked me to republish this, his most popular post, for posterity sake, which I am glad to do. On a personal note of reflection, I had just arrived in SQL Server and at Microsoft after we shipped SQL…

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New Love for WCF Data Services: Push Notifications

I have just published a new end-to-end sample that demonstrates how to use Windows Azure Notification Hubs to add push notification functionality to the classic Northwind OData service. I also blogged about this as a guest blogger on the Silver Lining blog. Sample: Send Push Notifications from an OData Service by Using Notification Hubs Windows…

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Wrong Thread Exception Using Task-Based Extension Methods

I’ve been working on a new Windows Store sample that consumes an OData feed of Northwind data (the usual: Customer, Order, Order_Detail entity sets). To best demonstrate how use a new Windows Azure service to send push notifications from an OData service, I needed to be able to support the full set of CRUD behaviors…

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Windows Azure Posters for Mobile Services and Mobile Gaming

There are several cool new “infographic”-style posters out for Windows Azure—I was lucky enough to get to work on two of them. Mobile Services Those of you who made it to the most recent //build/ 2013 conference in San Francisco a few weeks back may have seen the new Windows Azure Mobile Service poster being…

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Great new samples and tutorials for Mobile Services integration scenarios

I just wanted to let everyone know that Paolo Salvatori, one of the rock stars on the Customer Advisory Team (CAT), has just published a suite of integration tutorials for Windows Azure Mobile Services, including sample project code, covering the following key Windows Azure enterprise and LOB scenarios: How to integrate a Mobile Service with…

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Extending the OData Async Extensions to DataServiceCollection<T> Methods

UPDATED 8/5/2013: Turns out that I didn’t have my DataServiceCollection<T> methods defined correctly as extension methods (forgot the this keyword on the bindingCollection parameter). As I announced in a previous post, there is an OData client library that supports Windows Store app development. This is a the good news, but folks who have tried to use it…

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New Samples and Videos Featured for Mobile Services

I just wanted to take a few minutes to share some exciting new videos and samples-related activity for Mobile Services—particularly for Windows Store apps. (You can find even more details at http://www.nickharris.net/2013/01/new-windows-azure-mobile-services-getting-started-content/). New WindowsAzure.com Resources Mobile Services guru Nick Harris has been busy adding value to Mobile Services content and samples, including creating videos for…

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