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  • Blog Post: Push Notifications to PhoneGap Apps using Notification Hubs Integration

    PhoneGap (a distribution of the Apache Cordova project) is a free and open source framework that makes it easier to create app for key mobile device platforms using standardized web APIs, HTML and JavaScript. The essence of PhoneGap is that you write your app once in HTML and JavaScript, then deploy...
  • Blog Post: Offline support in the Azure Mobile Services iOS SDK

    We’ve just released a preview version of the Azure Mobile Services SDK for iOS with offline support. Like the offline support in the .NET SDK, we're releasing a preview version of the offline so that we can get feedback (from you!) to make sure that we release this feature in a way that will suit your...
  • Blog Post: Bring Your Own Database with the .NET Backend

    Azure Mobile Services helps provision a database for you when you create a new mobile service. But what if you want to connect to your own, existing SQL Azure database with the .NET backend? For example: You have an existing Mobile Service that uses the Node backend and has a lot of data in the...
  • Blog Post: Retrieving data from 1:n relationship using .NET backend Azure Mobile Services

    The .NET backend for Azure Mobile Services makes it easy to expose related tables via Entity Framework. However, related entities are not returned by default - for example, if you retrieve the list of orders from your orderController, it will not return the order items unless you explicitly ask for it...
  • Blog Post: Tables with Integer Keys and the .NET Backend

    A question I've seen asked a few times on our internal email lists "how to expose tables that have integer keys in the database through the .NET Backend?". The key is to use AutoMapper (see Mapping between Database Types and Client Types in the .NET Backend using AutoMapper an introduction). For example...
  • Blog Post: Mapping between Database Types and Client Types in the .NET Backend using AutoMapper

    Most of the samples showing how to use the .NET Backend have a single type that represents both the data stored in the database and the data that is exposed to the service callers. However, sometimes you cannot expose your database data as-is, or you want to provide and accept extra data to callers that...
  • Blog Post: Connecting to an external Database with Node.js backend in Azure Mobile Services

    Azure Mobile Services has recently released the new Hybrid Connections feature that provides an easy and effective way to connect to on-premises resources from your mobile service, available for both Node.js and .NET backends. One of the scenarios enabled by Hybrid Connections is utilizing a database...
  • Blog Post: Fixing errors when publishing different projects to a .NET backend

    Quick post today. A few people in our team (and one in the forums) have hit an issue for which the current error logging doesn’t help too much, so write about this issue here. The problem is that when you try to publish a project to a mobile service where another project had been published before – even...
  • Blog Post: Creating MongoDB-backed tables in Azure Mobile Services with .NET backend

    One of the advantages of the .NET backend for Azure Mobile Services is that it has out-of-the-box support for multiple data storages, not only SQL Azure. In the node.js runtime you could bypass the SQL operations and use some other storage option (as in this post by Chris Risner for Azure Table Storage...
  • Blog Post: Creating an Azure Mobile Services .NET backend from scratch

    When learning a new feature I often like to understand the minimum pieces necessary to get it running. In the case of the .NET backend of azure mobile services, that would mean the smallest number steps required to go from an empty project to a running mobile service – no additional tooling required...
  • Blog Post: Deep dive on the offline support in the managed client SDK

    Last week we announced a new feature in the Azure Mobile Service SDK (managed code only for now): support for offline handling of data. While before all table operations required an active internet connection, with this new support the application can store table operations in a local data store, and...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Azure Mobile Service managed client SDK 1.3 alpha with Offline support

    Today we’re pleased to announce pre-release version 1.3 of Azure Mobile Service managed client SDK that includes frequently requested feature of offline. We've heard from you that you want a fast and snappy experience in your apps, to be able to download data locally on the devices and query...
  • Blog Post: What’s new in the Azure Mobile Services client SDKs 1.1.5 (and 1.1.4)

    Last week we released the version 1.1.5 of all platforms of our client SDKs. Since we did not have a blog post for the changes in 1.1.4, I’m including them here as well: Managed (C# / VB) Added support for Azure Notification Hubs integration (added on 1.1.4): a while back we released a better integration...
  • Blog Post: Mobile Services node.js backend updates – Mar 30 2014

    Here’s a list of some changes to the node.js runtime which went to production, in the version 0.1.6.3186 of the runtime: Fix for a bug in the Google and Azure Active Directory authentication which caused an intermittent signature validation failure: this was mentioned in this forum post . Changed a behavior...
  • Blog Post: What’s new in Azure Mobile Services - 2014-02-24

    Here’s what has been added in Azure Mobile Services: node.js runtime (version 0.1.6.2973) Integration with notification hubs for push: your mobile service can now use the power of notification hubs to send push notifications to your clients. Check this post for more details. ...
  • Blog Post: Mobile Services .NET support + Source Control

    Yesterday we launched preview support for a .NET based Mobile Services backend (for more information see here ). For this release we’ve focused on the standard right click -> publish workflow in Visual Studio to publish your backend logic to the cloud, but if you’re a git fan fear not...
  • Blog Post: Source control credentials issue & fix

    This is to inform you about a possible impact on "Windows Azure Mobile Services - source control preview feature" in the next few days. We are working with the Windows Azure Web Sites to migrate to a unified source control credentials so you don't need to maintain two set of credentials (one to talk...
  • Blog Post: What’s new in the Azure Mobile Services client SDKs 1.1.3

    The version 1.1.3 for the following platforms have been released: Managed (C# / VB) New authentication provider: WindowsAzureActiveDirectory When logging in with the overload that takes the provider as a string, both "WindowsAzureActiveDirectory" and "AAD" are supported (case-insensitive...
  • Blog Post: Azure Active Directory Preview Updates

    We would like to announce some updates relating to the preview of Windows Azure Active Directory as an authentication provider for Mobile Services. You may have already seen some changes in the Mobile Services documentation. We will continue to roll out such updates, and we wanted to explain them here...
  • Blog Post: What’s new in Azure Mobile Service 0.1.6.2830

    These are the new features included in this week’s release: Package.json support with this you don’t need to commit the npm modules you use along with the repository; you can now simply reference them in a file (called package.json) and they will be downloaded at the runtime. Check this post for more...
  • Blog Post: What’s new in Azure Mobile Services 1.6.4461

    These are the changes added to this week’s release: Startup scripts [preview] An extensibility point that allows you to hook up to the initialization code of the mobile service and configure things such as extensions and other tasks. See this post for more information. Notable bug fixes: mssql.query...
  • Blog Post: What's new in Azure Mobile Services SDK 1.1.2

    The major highlights for the 1.1.2 release are: iOS SDK: - Now is built to include the arm64 architecture, allowing apps to include the arm64 as a build architecture. If you haven't already, you should check Apple's 64bit transition guide before updating your app. - Applications built with the...
  • Blog Post: What’s new in Azure Mobile Services 1.6.4392

    These are the new features enabled this week: Enhanced users feature [preview] Table and custom API scripts can now receive more details about logged in users directly from the identities object (instead of having to talk to the authentication providers REST APIs). Check out this blog post for more information...
  • Blog Post: What's new in Azure Mobile Services SDK 1.1.1

    These are the major highlights for 1.1.1 SDK: iOS SDK: - Now has built in support for retrieving the system property columns on tables (__updatedAt, __createdAt, and __version). These can be retrieved using the new systemProperties property on the table: MSTable *todoItem = [self.client tableWithName...
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