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  • Blog Post: Simplifying our n-tier development platform: making 3 things 1 thing

    As you’ve probably observed, we’ve been working hard over the past year or so to grow our application stacks to better support the types of applications (Silverlight, rich desktop, AJAX, etc) and services (SOAP, REST, etc) that are required to build modern, robust solutions. At present, a few of the...
  • Blog Post: Astoria futures: offline-enabled data services

    We mentioned that we were doing some early thinking of “Astoria Offline” back in Mix 2008, where we even demo’ed an early proof of concept. Now we’ve been working on various design aspects of Data Services for its future versions, and synchronization/offline support is one of...
  • Blog Post: URI Format - Part 1 - Addressing resources using URI path segments

    Deciding on something that becomes a public interface of a developer-oriented technology is a tricky task. Not only does the resulting design need to be correct and complete, but also there are various aspects that are more around aesthetics and personal preference. The URI format used by Astoria will...
  • Blog Post: Astoria Design: payload formats

    The goal of Astoria is to make data available to loosely coupled systems for querying and manipulation. In order to do that we need to use protocols that define the interaction model between the producer and the consumer of that data, and of course we have to serialize the data in some form that all...
  • Blog Post: Transparency in the design process

    We have been looking at various options to ensure that the design of Astoria truly reflects the requirements of the day to day challenges that our developer community faces when building real-world web applications and services. We would like to start by being as transparent as possible in the design...
  • Blog Post: Welcome!

    Welcome to the Project Astoria Team Blog! The Astoria team (part of the “ Data Programmability ” (DP) team within the SQL Server organization at Microsoft) is responsible for analyzing how current and next generation internet enabled applications use data on the web and to build solutions to facilitate...
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