Last week, Microsoft released a great deal of enhancements to Windows Azure. Among these enhancements we had some great updates to Windows Azure Mobile Services, which included:
Create your first Mobile Services using .NET
Proceed with the wizard and in minutes and even seconds the mobile service will be created. After the Mobile Service has been created, from the Quick Glance page, you easily get started by either "Creating a new app" or "Connecting to an existing app" and in both options you can Download your service locally. Once you download the service, unzip the downloaded file and open the solution in Visual Studio. You will notice a Mobile Services .Net template project, which is basically and simply an ASP.NET Web API project with additional Mobile Service NuGet packages included.
To learn more about Mobile Services .NET support have a look at these tutorials, which will jump start you mobile service development:
These new capabilities also include Integrated PhoneGap support. In addition to the existing cross-platform mobile client frameworks (Xamarin, Sencha) Mobile Services now provides support for Phone Gap. It has been added to the Mobile Service quick start in the Azure management portal, which will significantly simplify developing cross-platform mobile apps with PhoneGap and Mobile Services:
Last but not least, Mobile Services now makes it really easy to use Notification Hubs with Mobile Services, which enables an even richer set of push notification scenarios. You can now enable notification hubs using the push tab in your Mobile Service:
This integration simplifies many common scenarios and removes the need to explicitly manage push channels. It also provides Mobile Service customers with more powerful features including:
Mobile Services are getting better and better every month, all in the purpose of making the developer's life much easier by adding more integration and more services. So you can quickly and easily build, deploy and scale your back-end solutions to your mobile services.If you are not on Azure yet, what are you waiting for Sign up and use mobile services for free!!!