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  • Blog Post: Want to work on HTML5 database stuff? We're looking

    As I mentioned yesterday , we're working on HTML5 stuff in general here at Microsoft, and my team in particular is looking at the database APIs in HTML5. If you want to be a part of this (working with the rest of the standard folks, design APIs, design things that work on top, etc.) definitely drop me...
  • Blog Post: HTML5 does databases

    The HTML5* specification has been cooking for a while and lately the amount of buzz around it has been growing at full speed. Just search for #HTML5 in twitter and you'll see what I mean. After even a quick look at it, it becomes evident that the next version of HTML aims to go much further into the...
  • Blog Post: Every SharePoint 2010 server is a Data Services server

    I haven't been writing much here, mostly because I've been way too busy but also because I couldn't discuss publicly many of the things I'm doing. Now that SharePoint 2010 has been announced and its feature set published everywhere, I can finally discuss one of the coolest things we've been up to lately...
  • Blog Post: ADO.NET Data Services in Windows Azure: pushing scalability to the next level

    The announcement of Windows Azure is a big milestone for us in the Astoria team. We got a chance to add our little contribution to the platform by providing data service interfaces for a couple of the Azure services. Currently there are two services that use the ADO.NET Data Services runtime: the Windows...
  • Blog Post: Coming from under the rocks just to celebrate for a bit

    I've been sort of under a rock for a while, but I thought I'd come out for a minute to celebrate. Today we made available .NET 3.5 SP1 and Visual Studio 2008 SP1. There are two components in the release I spent a bunch of time on, which interestingly enough have very different origins and get to RTM...
  • Blog Post: REST and Concurrency Control

    As part of the Astoria design process we scanned through many topics, some of them are straightforward, some are hard but mostly mechanical, but there are some that become interesting, fundamental aspects to address. I found the problem of concurrency control over REST interfaces very interesting...
  • Blog Post: "Data Friction", spot-on

    Jon Udell wrote a brief piece on how data is locked on servers behind UIs that were not designed for data sharing. He views this as "data friction"...it's just the perfect way to describe the problem. I couldn't agree more with Jon's take. I would even take it further: an operation-centric approach...
  • Blog Post: Seriously good content on creating and using data services

    There is a number of folks that have been writing about Astoria. Collectively they built a lot of reference material that is probably the best reference point for getting started and learning about practical aspects around creating and using data services with the Astoria framework. Jonathan Carter...
  • Blog Post: Project Astoria December CTP is out!

    We just released the December 2007 CTP of Project Astoria, or I guess I should say the ADO.NET Data Services framework as Mike pointed out . This is an important milestone for Astoria, as this is the first release that is based on the real, production code base and not on the initial prototype that...
  • Blog Post: Two more Astoria design posts: URIs and data sources

    We're trying to keep up posting regularly on the design aspects of Astoria we have on the table week by week. In this last week we discussed a couple of important topics in the team blog. First we touched on URIs . The URI syntax is a very visible part of Astoria, and being a syntax it gets a lot...
  • Blog Post: Astoria CTP for Visual Studio 2008 is here

    We got many emails lately asking whether we were going to ship a version of the Astoria CTP that would work with Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 and the ADO.NET Entity Framework Beta 2. Well, it’s out now. You can read about it in the Astoria Team blog and download it from there. Note that what we did...
  • Blog Post: What's your take on the wire formats Astoria should support?

    As much as I'd like to say that formats are a low-level thing that most consumers of the technology shouldn't need to worry about, the reality is that payload format for a data service is something that a lot of folks care about. Since we started with the first CTP of Astoria we got a lot of feedback...
  • Blog Post: ADO.NET Entity Framework Beta 2 is out, with tools :)

    Visual Studio Orcas Beta 2 shipped a few weeks ago and folks have been asking how to work with the Entity Framework using the new Beta. Well, a couple of days ago we shipped the Beta 2 of the Entity Framework, which will integrate nicely with Visual Studio Beta 2. This beta includes a bunch of work...
  • Blog Post: A data service is not a database

    Since we put out the new version of the experimental Astoria online service there has been a broad set of questions coming, which is great because it was the goal of the thing...we're learning a bunch from it. A class of questions that we are getting are "database questions". Things such as "how can...
  • Blog Post: We'll host an experimental Astoria data service for you

    When we announced Project Astoria at Mix 2007 last May we made the toolkit available along with a few samples as an online service. The missing piece there was the ability to create your own service online in the experimental setting we had setup. Now Mike has just announced the availability of the new...
  • Blog Post: Astoria Client for Silverlight Alpha 1.1

    Last May when we shipped the first CTP of Microsoft Codename “Astoria” we included a client library in addition to the components for the server. The original client library can be used from .NET applications in cases where you do not want to develop directly against the HTTP interface, and rather you...
  • Blog Post: Podcast interview with Jon Udell

    Last week I had a great conversation with Jon Udell about Astoria . Jon is a great interviewer and he knows how to explore a topic in his own style, so you get to hear about Astoria from a different perspective, without having to listen to my "standard pitch" again :) The interview is posted in Jon...
  • Blog Post: Security in data services

    We still have more questions than answers on what is the appropriate security story for data services. The May CTP of Astoria had some ideas built into it, but it was clearly not enough to build real-world applications. There is quite a bit that needs to be explored in this space. I wanted to take...
  • Blog Post: Astoria in Channel9

    Charles from Channel9 came by my office a week or two ago and recorded this video where we discussed the motivations, target scenarios and some of the interface details of Astoria. http://channel9.msdn.com/showpost.aspx?postid=305985 -pablo
  • Blog Post: Application models for Astoria

    When you combine technologies such as Silverlight or AJAX-style applications with Astoria there is an opportunity for building great interactive data-driven applications. However, this combination also results in a new ways of organizing the various pieces that make up the application, so the question...
  • Blog Post: Astoria FAQ from MIX

    We announced Microsoft Codename Astoria at Mix this week, and we did two sessions on the technology during the event. This was great because we got a chance to talk 1:1 with a lot of folks that were interested in the topic. We also got a ton of feedback online through blogs and emails. Here are some...
  • Blog Post: Codename "Astoria": Data Services for the Web

    The "data programmability" team at Microsoft is responsible for the various technologies developers use in applications to access and manipulate data. One of the topics we have been looking at lately is how "new" internet applications use data in the web environment. Project codename "Astoria" reflects...
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