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  • Blog Post: Creating an Azure Mobile Services .NET backend from scratch

    [This post originally appeared in http://blogs.msdn.com/b/azuremobile/archive/2014/04/10/creating-an-azure-mobile-services-net-backend-from-scratch.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: 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: .NET Runtime for Azure Mobile Services – First Impressions

    It’s been now about a month since the .NET runtime for Azure Mobile Services was released, but I haven’t seen a post comparing it with what we had before (a node.js runtime). I think that’s one good way to understand what the .NET backend gives, and what it lacks compared to the node.js runtime, and...
  • 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: Enhanced users feature in Azure Mobile Services

    In the last post I talked about the ability to get an access token with more permissions to talk to the authentication provider API, so we made it that feature more powerful . Last week we released a new update to the mobile services that makes some of that easier . With the new (preview) enhanced users...
  • Blog Post: Expanded login scopes in Azure Mobile Services

    A while back I wrote a post about getting more information about the logged in user in your mobile service, and this has been by far the most viewed post in the list I wrote about mobile services. By getting the identity object for the logged in user, the server scripts could talk to the authentication...
  • Blog Post: Application settings in Azure Mobile Services

    This little feature was released over a month ago with little fanfare, and since I haven’t seen it covered anywhere I decided to write about it now. The idea of application settings is a set of key-value pairs which can be set for the mobile service (either via the portal or via the command-line interface...
  • 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: Custom API in Azure Mobile Services – Client SDKs

    In the last post I talked about the new custom API support in Azure Mobile Services. In that post I focused on the feature at the server side, but we also released updates to the client SDKs for all platforms to take advantage of that feature. In this post I’ll talk about how to use custom APIs from...
  • 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: 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...
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