OData v4 Ratified and Where WCF Data Services is Headed

I’m a little behind on the OData news front (I blame this on a mountain of //build work I needed to get done), but here are a few interesting items that have recently occurred in the OData world: OASIS Approves OData 4.0 Standards for an Open, Programmable Web This is good news for the OData…

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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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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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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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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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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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Recent Goings on in OData and WCF Data Services

Sorry the blog’s been quiet for so long…I’ve been working on some new stuff that’s not strictly OData, but still very cool and I can’t wait to be able to share it with everyone. It has to do with mobile app development…but you will have to wait another month or so for more info about…

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