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  • Blog Post: Custom APIs in Azure Mobile Services

    Today Scott Guthrie announced a couple of new features in Azure Mobile Services: custom APIs and Git source control. The Git source control is a preview feature, and I’ll talk about it in a future post, but custom APIs are ready to be used. Scott’s post already talked a little about this...
  • Blog Post: Preserving date time offsets in Azure Mobile Services

    In my last post I mentioned that due to the heterogeneous nature of Azure Mobile Services (JavaScript in the server, other languages / frameworks in the client), some data types have some problems with the conversion between the two environments. Numbers and dates are the most common, but this post from...
  • Blog Post: Large numbers and Azure Mobile Services

    In any distributed system with different runtime environments, the way that data is represented in all nodes of the system, and transferred between them, can cause some problems if there is a mismatch between the nodes. In Azure Mobile Services we often have this issue - the server runtime runs on a...
  • Blog Post: Updates (some API changes) to the Azure Mobile Services iOS SDK

    Another quick one today. After some feedback from the community, we released a new version of the Azure Mobile Services iOS SDK which contains, in addition to a few bug fixes, some changes in the method names of some of the classes. Those changes were made to make the iOS SDK more in sync with the design...
  • Blog Post: Azure Mobile Services Windows Store / JavaScript SDK – now also from NuGet

    Quick post today. About a month ago we released a NuGet version of the managed client SDK. Last week we released the SDK for Windows Store applications / JavaScript also on NuGet, so you can develop applications using that platform without needing any installation (MSI). Building Windows Store / JavaScript...
  • Blog Post: Azure Mobile Services managed client – portable libraries and breaking changes

    Among the requested features in the various forums for Azure Mobile Services, the usage of portable libraries has popped up quite often. We now have that support, which unifies the managed clients for the Windows Store and Windows Phone 8 platforms – and we’re also adding support for Windows...
  • Blog Post: Azure Mobile Services managed client – now also from NuGet

    Currently if you want to create a Windows Store application which uses Azure Mobile Services, the process would be to go to either the quickstart page of your application in the Azure Portal (or the Windows Azure downloads page ) and install the Mobile Services SDK: After installing the SDK, you can...
  • Blog Post: Enabling Single Sign-On for Windows 8 Azure Mobile Apps

    One of the common complaints about the authentication support in the Windows 8 SDK for Azure Mobile Services is that regardless of whether the user selects the “save password” / “remember me” checkbox when entering their credentials, every time the application starts and the user needs to authenticate...
  • Blog Post: Inserting multiple items at once in Azure Mobile Services

    With the Azure Mobile Services client SDK, it’s fairly simple to insert an item into a table in Azure. Inserting multiple items can be also done fairly easily, simply inserting one at a time. But there are some scenarios where we want to actually do multiple insertions at once, to minimize the number...
  • Blog Post: Troubleshooting authentication issues in Azure Mobile Services

    With the announcement last week in ScottGu’s blog , Azure Mobile Service now supports different kinds of authentication in addition to authentication using the Windows Live SDK which was supported at first. You can now authenticate the users of your applications using Facebook, Google, Twitter and even...
  • Blog Post: Playing with the query object in Read operations on Azure Mobile Services

    As I was writing the last post (about storing per-user data in Azure Mobile Services), I used the where method in the Query object (passed to the read function ) to filter the results only to those for the logged in user. function read(query, user, request) {      query.where({ UserId: user.userId }...
  • Blog Post: Storing per user data in Azure Mobile Services

    Following up on a comment made in one of my posts, this one will talk about some ways to ensure that the data stored / retrieved in an Azure Mobile Services table is limited to the user which is using the application. That’s an interesting issue, and since I’ve done it wrong in the past,...
  • Blog Post: Supporting complex types in Azure Mobile Services clients – implementing 1:n table relationships

    [The object model shown in this post for the client-side is mostly out-of-date; check the updated post at http://blogs.msdn.com/b/carlosfigueira/archive/2013/08/23/complex-types-and-azure-mobile-services.aspx for the more up-to-date version] In this series about complex types, we’ll take where...
  • Blog Post: Supporting arbitrary types in Azure Mobile Services managed client – complex types

    [The object model shown in this post for the client-side is mostly out-of-date; check the updated post at http://blogs.msdn.com/b/carlosfigueira/archive/2013/08/23/complex-types-and-azure-mobile-services.aspx for the more up-to-date version] In my last post I showed how to use the IDataMemberJsonConverter...
  • Blog Post: Supporting arbitrary types in Azure Mobile Services managed client – simple types

    [The object model shown in this post for the client-side is mostly out-of-date; check the updated post at http://blogs.msdn.com/b/carlosfigueira/archive/2013/08/23/complex-types-and-azure-mobile-services.aspx for the more up-to-date version] As I mentioned in my previous post , the Windows Azure Mobile...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Windows Azure Mobile Services

    A few months back I left the ASP.NET MVC / Web API team to work more closely with the Windows Azure team. Today we released a new service in the Windows Azure family – mobile support. The idea is to provide functionality for client developers who may have a good experience in client-side programming...
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