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  • Blog Post: Creating a Data Service Provider – Part 9 – Un-typed

    Background info: This post builds on Parts 1 thru 8 which teach you how to create a typed Data Service Provider. But now the part we’ve all been waiting for- an un-typed DSP – which is what I expect most real world DSP implementations will be based on. What do we mean by Un-typed? An un-typed DSP is...
  • Blog Post: Creating a Data Service Provider – Part 8 - Relationships

    In parts 1 thru 7 we made a Read / Write typed data service provider, although it was a little simplistic because it didn’t have relationships. So lets rectify that right now by adding a relationship to make this more 'real-world' Changes to our Classes If you remember from Part 3 we had just a Product...
  • Blog Post: Creating a Data Service Provider – Part 7 – Update

    In Parts 1 thru 6 we created a custom Read/Only provider over an in memory list of Products. Now it’s time to add update support. To do that we need to add an implementation of IDataServiceUpdateProvider . But first lets talk about the… Implications of Batching The IDataServiceUpdateProvider...
  • Blog Post: Creating a Data Service Provider – Part 6 – Query Interactions

    Whenever I find myself implementing a series of interfaces to plug into a framework or server, I always find myself wondering how the server will call my implementations. For me this is about forming a mental model to simplify how I think about what I’m doing. In fact as I’ve been doing this DSP...
  • Blog Post: Creating a Data Service Provider – Part 5 - Query

    In Part 4 of our series showing how to implement a Custom Data Service Provider we hooked up an incomplete implementation of IDataServiceQueryProvider , just enough to get the ServiceDocument and $metadata working. In this part we’ll get query working too. To do that we need to know where the data...
  • Blog Post: Creating a Data Service Provider – Part 4 – Minimal Running Service

    This is Part 4 of my ongoing series of posts showing how to create an Custom Data Service Provider . NOTE: I’ve done a little refactoring to the code in Part 3 to simplify the code in this post, so be sure to check that out if you’ve been following along. In Parts 2 & 3 we hooked up our implementation...
  • Blog Post: Creating a Data Service Provider – Part 3 - IDataServiceMetadataProvider

    UPDATE: I’ve made a few updates to the code / write-up to reflect refactors I’ve made as I’ve implemented more of the interfaces. This is Part 3 of my ongoing series on Creating a Data Service Provider , and in this post we’ll look at how to implement IDataServiceMetadataProvider IDataServiceMetadataProvider...
  • Blog Post: Custom Data Service Providers

    Introduction Data Services sits above a Data Service Provider, which is responsible for interacting with the underlying Data Source on behalf of the Data Service. Data Services ships with some internal providers, and makes it possible for you to create custom providers too. So the obvious question...
  • Blog Post: Creating a Data Service Provider – Part 2 – IServiceProvider & DataSources

    To create a read-only Data Service Provider (or DSP) you need to implement two Data Services interfaces: IDataServiceMetadataProvider to provide the metadata and IDataServiceQueryProvider to handle the queries. But first Data Services needs a way to find your implementations. IServiceProvider ...
  • Blog Post: Creating a Data Service Provider – Part 1 - Intro

    One of the the coolest things about Data Services is its provider model. Any data-source can be exposed as an OData Data Service simply by implementing a few interfaces. SharePoint 2010 implements these interfaces to expose list data, and you can too, to expose just about anything: Facebook? Twitter...
  • Blog Post: Tip 49 – How to find your Data Service bug

    I’ve been playing around with creating a custom Astoria Data Service Provider , aka DSP, for a while now. So far I’d managed to get my metadata all setup, so browsing to $metadata works great. I’d got a few simple queries work. Basically everything was going fine. At least until I tried this URL: I wasn...
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