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  • Blog Post: Deep dive on the offline support in the Azure Mobile Service managed client SDK

    [This post originally appeared in http://blogs.msdn.com/b/azuremobile/archive/2014/04/07/deep-dive-on-the-offline-support-in-the-managed-client-sdk.aspx . I’ll be writing Azure Mobile Service related posts in the Azure Mobile blog primarily, and cross-posting them here for people who have feeds linked...
  • Blog Post: Caching and handling expired tokens in Azure Mobile Services managed SDK

    A while back my colleague Josh Twist had a great series of posts about A zu re Mo bile Services (or “Zumo”, as he called). This was when the service was in its infancy, and some things changed, but the content is still excellent. One of the topics was about caching authentication tokens , so that the...
  • Blog Post: Using service filters with the Mobile Services JavaScript SDK

    A few weeks ago I answered a question on StackOverflow where the developer needed a way to intercept every request which went to the service (in their case, to display a progress bar while the request was “in flight”). The answer for that was to use a service filter in the mobile services client, which...
  • Blog Post: Using the Facebook iOS SDK for logging in to Azure Mobile Services

    In my previous post I talked about how we can use the Facebook Android SDK to log in to Azure Mobile Services; continuing on with the topic, let’s look at the FB SDK for iOS projects. Getting the Facebook iOS SDK The first thing you need is the Facebook iOS SDK, which can be downloaded at the Facebook...
  • Blog Post: Using the Facebook Android SDK for logging in to Azure Mobile Services

    When an application needs to login to an Azure Mobile Service to access protected resources, there are basically two ways to do that. One is using what I called the server-side (or web-based) authentication flow, which I mentioned in a few previous posts – the SDK will show a web control with the login...
  • Blog Post: Accessing optimistic concurrency features in Azure Mobile Services client SDKs

    In my last post I talked about the new features in the tables inside Azure Mobile Services. One of those features is the ability to do conditional retrieval and updates of items, which can be used to implement optimistic concurrency in such tables. The scenario is that many clients can perform updates...
  • Blog Post: New tables in Azure Mobile Services: string id, system properties and optimistic concurrency

    We just released update to Azure Mobile Services in which new tables created in the services have a different layout than what we have right until now. The main change is that they now have ids of type string (instead of integers, which is what we’ve had so far), which has been a common feature request...
  • Blog Post: Accessing Azure Mobile Services from Android 2.2 (Froyo) devices

    If you try to access a Windows Azure Mobile Service using the Android SDK from a device running Android version 2.2 (also known as Froyo ), you’ll get an error in all requests. The issue is that that version of Android doesn’t accept the SSL certificate used in Azure Mobile Services, and you end up getting...
  • Blog Post: Azure Mobile Services QuickStart for WPF

    One of the great features in my opinion of Azure Mobile Services is the “quickstart” app – a ready-to-use, fully-functional application which you can get from the portal in many of the supported platforms, and start running right away. I find it to be a great way to learn about the service and the client...
  • Blog Post: Complex types and Azure Mobile Services – Android version

    Last week I posted about storing objects which have properties with complex types in Azure Mobile Services. That post was based on the managed SDK, but I’ve seen since then a couple of posts asking about how to do the same for Android. Here’s a short post about this issue. Recap The problem with complex...
  • Blog Post: Web-based login on WPF projects for Azure Mobile Services

    In almost all supported client platforms for Azure Mobile Services, there are two flavors of the login operation. The first one the client talks to an SDK specific to the login provider (i.e., the Live Connect SDK for Windows Store apps, the Facebook SDK for iOS, and so on) and then uses a token which...
  • Blog Post: Exposing authenticated data from Azure Mobile Services via an ASP.NET MVC application

    After seeing a couple of posts in this topic, I decided to try to get this scenario working – and having never used the OAuth support in MVC, it was a good opportunity for me to learn a little about it. So here’s a very detailed, step-by-step of what I did (and worked for me), hopefully it will be useful...
  • 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...
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