Azure Mobile Services Quickstart for Visual Studio Cordova

Since nearly the GA of the service, Mobile Services has had support for a PhoneGap quickstart app project in the Azure Management portal: Just click the magic Download button to get your customized PhoneGap project. Now, while PhoneGap and Cordova are pretty much interchangeable, you can’t really (at this point) open a Cordova project directly…

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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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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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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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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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OData Quickstart for Windows Phone Updated—Now with VB!

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it here on my blog yet or not, but the forthcoming release of Windows Phone 7.5 (“Mango”) and the Windows Phone SDK 7.1 features huge improvements for consuming OData feeds. This means that, in Mango, OData support on phone is basically equivalent to Silverlight 4 and .NET Framework 4…

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New OData Tombstoning Behavior in Mango

As I mentioned in my previous post OData Updates in Windows Phone “Mango”, new methods have been added to the DataServiceState class that improve performance and functionality when storing client state. You can now serialize nested binding collections as well as any media resource streams that have not yet been sent to the data service….

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MSDN Data Services Developer Center Redesign—Lots of Videos

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. Now, the scenario-based content is…

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Getting Entity Data into Your Web Application

A friend said to me the other day “so, now that I have all of my data modeled as entity data using the Entity Framework, how do I get it into my web application?” While I will admit to not being an ASP.NET expert (despite having written some of the EntityDataSource web service control documentation),…

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