May, 2008

Blog - About

About Meta-Me


My name is Alex James, a Program Manager working on the Data Services team at Microsoft.

My current focus is OData and improving the usability of Data Services, both client and server side.

Previously I worked on the Entity Framework team where I helped create EF 4.0, and CodeOnly.

I'm also really passionate about Metadata, hence the name Meta-me.


I waffle and twitter as adjames

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    Roger Jennings - and his LINQ and Data feed

    Just in case some of you don't know, I thought I should point out Roger's Blog . I refer to Roger's blog at least once a day to keep up to date with what is happening in the LINQ, Data Programmability, Entity Framework and Data Services worlds. ...
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    Why even try?

    You know you've met a visionary when they start talking about solving problems others think are too hard. It is super easy to throw up all sort of reasons why some grand vision won't happen, here are but a few of the classic excuses: Its too...
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    MEST - What is it and how does it work?

    MEST stands for M ultiple E ntity S ets per T ype. It is one of the features of the Entity Framework that is typically missing from ORM stacks. The idea is that you can store the same EntityType in multiple EntitySets. For the purposes of this discussion...
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    Fantasy Soccer - Part 4 - Architectural Overview

    Okay this Fantasy Soccer thing has got me thinking. What is this thing going to look like from about 100,000 feet? I.e. what are the big bits? Well being a pure geek, I really want to play with new shiny stuff (i.e. the new ASP.NET MVC Framework ) but...
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    Lazy-loading and the Entity Framework

    Most of you probably know that the Entity Framework architects made a very conscious decision to make all trips to the database explicit. The result is that this: Person mother = person.Mother; will return null, even if the person has a Mother, unless...
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    Fantasy Soccer - part 3 - Unit of Measure

    Today I spent a bit of time working on the data model for my fantasy soccer application. I don't want to talk about the actual model today though, because I'm not really ready. What I want to do is talk about a problem that occurred to me, namely...
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    Fantasy Soccer - Part 2 - an overview of the rules

    Yes, yes I know the real name of Soccer is Football , but I don't want there to be any confusion for any Americans, Australians or New Zealanders who might be reading this ;) So what are the basic rules of Fantasy Soccer? The Basic idea is that...
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