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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...
12 Mar 2014
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...
24 Feb 2014
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...
5 Feb 2014
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...
7 Jan 2014
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...
16 Dec 2013
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...
12 Dec 2013
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...
9 Dec 2013
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...
2 Dec 2013
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...
22 Nov 2013
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...
21 Oct 2013
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...
14 Oct 2013
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...
29 Aug 2013
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...
27 Aug 2013
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...
25 Jun 2013
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...
18 Jun 2013
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...
14 Jun 2013
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...
22 Apr 2013
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