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  • Blog Post: Trip Report: TechDays Netherlands 2013

    Last week I had the pleasure of speaking at TechDays in The Hague, Netherlands . It was my fourth time speaking there and as always the show does not disappoint! Held at the World Forum, the venue is big, bright and flashy. Check out the session recordings as they become available on Channel 9 . I had...
  • Blog Post: LightSwitch OData Tip: Easily Expose Many-to-Many Relationships using Queries

    The other day I got an email from a good friend trying to expose a many-to-many relationship via his LightSwitch OData service . He was trying to recreate a feed similar to the one at http://odata.msteched.com/teau12/sessions.svc/ using LightSwitch. What he wanted to see was a list of all the speakers...
  • Blog Post: Trip Report–DevReach Bulgaria & Silicon Valley Code Camp

    Last week I had the pleasure of speaking at DevReach in Sofia Bulgaria . I’ve spoken at DevReach before and it’s always a great conference organized by Telerik . What I like most about it is that there tends to be more women at this conference than I am used to seeing in the states -- very...
  • Blog Post: LightSwitch Takes the Stage on the Visual Studio Toolbox Show on Channel9

    Last week while I was up in Redmond I met up with Robert Green, the host of the Visual Studio Toolbox show on Channel 9 , to show off some of the new features in LightSwitch in Visual Studio 2012 like OData support, the new Cosmo shell, row level security, and more. I also show off some of the HTML client...
  • Blog Post: LightSwitch Tips & Tricks on Query Performance

    LightSwitch allows you to connect to multiple data sources, relate them together, and create screens to edit the data. These data sources can be a variety of databases like SQL Server and SQL Azure, SharePoint, and custom RIA services. With the release of Visual Studio 11 Beta , the next version of LightSwitch...
  • Blog Post: LightSwitch Companion Client Examples using OData

    One of the biggest features with LightSwitch in Visual Studio 11 is the Open Data Protocol (OData) support. OData is a standard Web protocol for exchanging data on the web which provides easy, secure access into data stores. Not only can you consume OData services in LightSwitch, the middle-tier services...
  • Blog Post: Creating and Consuming LightSwitch OData Services

    NOTE: This information applies to LightSwitch in Visual Studio 2012. In the next version of LightSwitch , we’ve added support for OData services , both consuming external services as well as producing services from the LightSwitch middle-tier. The Open Data Protocol (OData) standardizes the...
  • Blog Post: Enhance Your LightSwitch Applications with OData

    NOTE: This information applies to LightSwitch in Visual Studio 2012. As John announced on the LightSwitch Team Blog , the next version of Visual Studio will include LightSwitch right in the box and there are a lot of awesome new features. My personal favorite is the Open Data Protocol (OData) services...
  • Blog Post: Trip Report: TechEd North America, Atlanta Georgia

    Last week I spoke at TechEd North America in lovely Atlanta, Georgia. Always an amazing (and huge) conference, this year was a little more special for me as one of the faces of Visual Studio LightSwitch , the newest edition of the Visual Studio family, which had a lot of great presence and excitement...
  • Blog Post: Trip Report: Microsoft Days, Bulgaria

    Recently I spoke at MS Days in Sofia, Bulgaria on a couple different programming topics. This is the second time I’ve been to Sofia, the first time was last October for DevReach . I really like Bulgaria and Bulgarians are super friendly, smart, tech-savvy, and on average the attendees were pretty young...
  • Blog Post: Fun with OData and Windows Phone 7

    Tonight I’m speaking in San Francisco on one of my favorite topics, OData. Here’s the info: Creating and Consuming OData Services for Business Applications . (By the way, the Open Data Protocol (OData) is a protocol for querying and updating data over the web. If you’re not familiar with OData I encourage...
  • Blog Post: Integrate Outlook Appointments with SharePoint 2010 Calendar Lists using Data Services

    The other day a good friend of mine asked me if it was possible to send appointments created in Outlook into a SharePoint calendar list. It’s easy enough to grab this data from Outlook by building an add-in with Visual Studio, but what also turned out to be really easy was sending this information to...
  • Blog Post: Add Spark to Your OData: Consuming Data Services in Excel 2010 Part 2

    Last post I talked about how you can create your own WCF data services (OData) and use PowerPivot to do some powerful analysis inside Excel 2010 as well as how to use the new sparklines feature. If you missed it: Add Spark to Your OData: Consuming Data Services in Excel 2010 Part 1 In this post I want...
  • Blog Post: Add Spark to Your OData: Consuming Data Services in Excel 2010 Part 1

    OData is an open REST-ful protocol for exposing and consuming data on the web . Also known as Astoria, ADO.NET Data Services, now called WCF Data Services in .NET. I’ve written about it in the context of .NET many times on this blog. However there are SDKs available for other platforms like JavaScript...
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