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  • Blog Post: OData v4 Ratified and Where WCF Data Services is Headed

    I’m a little behind on the OData news front (I blame this on a mountain of //build work I needed to get done), but here are a few interesting items that have recently occurred in the OData world: OASIS Approves OData 4.0 Standards for an Open, Programmable Web This is good news for the OData protocol...
  • Blog Post: Time to get the WCF Data Services 5.6.0 RTM Tools

    Folks who have recently tried to download and install the OData Client Tools for Windows Store apps (the one that I have been using in all my apps, samples, and blog posts to date) have been blocked by a certificate issue that prevents the installation of this client and tools .msi. While a temporary...
  • Blog Post: A Few New OData Things of Interest

    There are a couple of interesting news items re. OData and WCF Data Services: WCF Data Services 5.1.0-RC2 is released The WCF Data Services team continues to work towards shoring-up support for the OData v3 spec, especially on a simplified JSON format. Highlights of this RC release include the...
  • Blog Post: Running WCF Data Services on Windows 8 Consumer Preview: Part 1

    Windows 8 Desktop I have a Samsung Slate 7, which is the device that was given to the //Build/ conference attendees to run the developer preview of Windows 8 to best demonstrate the new Metro interface. However, I ended up waiting for the Consumer Preview release to really get going on Win8. To that...
  • Blog Post: New Windows Azure Guidance Topics Published

    Just a quick post to let everyone know that we have just published a new set of Windows Azure prescriptive guidance topics for developers: Windows Azure Developer Guidance This release includes two guidance topics I wrote: Guidance for OData in Windows Azure Using Windows Phone with Windows Azure These...
  • Blog Post: WCF Data Services October 2011 CTP Now Available

    Hopefully, by now folks have seen the official announcement about the release of the WCF Data Services October 2011 CTP . This release includes a bunch of new "in progress" OData v3 features, such as actions , spatial data types and operations , and vocabularies . The exact extent of the support in this...
  • Blog Post: Some Resources for OData and Azure

    With the rapidly growing popularity of the Windows Azure Platform and Microsoft’s Cloud Services offerings, I thought it a good idea to put up a quick post about where you can find out about publishing OData services to the Azure cloud, especially since it’s so easy to do with the Windows Azure Tools...
  • Blog Post: Entity Framework 4.1: Code First and WCF Data Services

    Note: The information provided in this post is now maintained in the TechNet Wiki topic: Using Entity Framework 4.1 Code First with WCF Data Services . Now that Entity Framework 4.1 is released, I decided that it was past-time for me to try to implement a data service by using the Code First...
  • Blog Post: Calling Service Operations Using POST

    As you may know, OData enables you to define service operations that can be invoked by using either GET or POST requests. The topic Service Operations (WCF Data Services) shows how to define both kinds of service operations using WCF Data Services. Consider the following POST service operation that returns...
  • Blog Post: New Resources for OData, Streaming, and Windows Phone

    I’ve just posted a fairly lengthy blog post on the WCF Data Services team blog that shows how to consume a media resource stream from an OData service in a Windows Phone 7 application: Accessing an OData Media Resource Stream from a Windows Phone 7 Application (Streaming Provider Series-Part 3) To support...
  • Blog Post: Revisited: Guidance on Binding Media Resource Streams to XAML Controls

    In my previous post Binding Media Resource Streams to XAML Controls , I discussed a way to use a value converter to get the read stream of the media resource of an a media link entry that is bound to a control. The purpose of this was to bind a XAML Image control to a media resource stream. After having...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Data Services Developer Center Redesign—Lots of Videos

    The WCF Data Service developer center has been redesigned; the purpose of this update is to provide a much more hands-on experience and to make it easier to get started with OData services, and with WCF Data Services in particular. This means, in part, less random content and more videos. Now, the scenario...
  • Blog Post: Counting Entities in an OData Service

    We love counting things, a census, and statistics are very popular. Of course, entities in a data service that support the Open Data Protocol (OData) are no different. For example, having a count of the total numbers of entities that you are returning to customers is useful when calculating the total...
  • Blog Post: A Wiki-Based Source for OData Content and Info

    While I am (obviously) a big fan of the content on the Open Data Protocol (OData) that we produce (including the WCF Data Services content , Silverlight and Windows Phone topics, and of course the OData.org site ), I am always excited to see other folks outside of the OData team creating and publishing...
  • Blog Post: When Should I Version My OData Service?

    While researching an answer a forum post on versioning, I was digging into one of the v1 product specs and found a couple of very useful logical flowcharts that describe how to handle data service versioning scenarios. Sadly, this information has yet to make it into the documentation. I will do my best...
  • Blog Post: March 2011 CTP of WCF Data Services for OData v3 is Live

    There is a new CTP out for WCF Data Services (v3), which features the long awaited support for properties on derived types (yay!) You can get it from here . The following proposed OData version 3.0 functionality is also supported by WCF Data Services in this release: Multi-Valued Data Types...
  • Blog Post: Handling Service Operation Exceptions

    The guidance from this post has been added to the WCF Data Services Service Operations topic . In responding to a customer post on the WCF Data Services forum, I ran across an interesting behavior when raising exceptions in a service operation. When creating a data service, you are supposed...
  • Blog Post: New Stuff in the OData World on CodePlex

    If you are really into the Open Data Protocol (OData) and WCF Data Services (and you should be), there are a few cool new projects that just went up on CodePlex. WCF Data Services Toolkit This toolkit makes it easier to expose even more types of existing data as OData feeds. See this blog post by LostInTangent...
  • Blog Post: Trying to Avoid Buffering the Entire BLOB in a WCF Data Service Client? Well You Can’t

    I wrote a series of blog posts on the WCF Data Services team blog that walks you through the (fairly complicated) process of accessing BLOB data (such as media files, documents, anything too big to return in the feed) from an OData service as a stream. My second post in this series showed how to use...
  • Blog Post: Self-Hosting a WCF Data Service

    I’ve seen several customers looking for an example of how to directly host a WCF Data Service in a WCF application rather than using traditional ASP.NET hosting. While we discuss self-hosting WCF services in the topic Hosting the Data Service (WCF Data Services) , there is current no example of...
  • Blog Post: Writing…Data Services: The Inaugural Post

    Welcome to my new blog, which (to be clever) I am calling “Writing…Data Services”—clever in the sense that I work at Microsoft writing the documentation that supports WCF Data Services and OData and Silverlight (and to a lesser degree Windows Phone 7). I have also written MSDN...
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