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  • Blog Post: Using the PhoneGap Developer App with a Cordova for Visual Studio Project

    I got an excellent question from a reader on my previous post ( The Multi-Device Hybrid Apps extension for Visual Studio Kinda Rocks ) about whether you can use the PhoneGap Developer App with an Apache Cordova for Visual Studio 2013 project. This was a particularly excellent question because I didn...
  • Blog Post: Epic Saga Chapter 2: Wherein I try to use an XMLHttpRequest in a Cordova app on my Windows Phone

    This post is the second post in the series: Uploading Images from PhoneGap/Cordova to Azure Storage using Mobile Services The previous chapter of this saga ended just as I realized that the super-convenient-and-easy-to-use FileTransfer plugin would not enable me to upload raw binary data to my Azure...
  • Blog Post: The Multi-Device Hybrid Apps extension for Visual Studio Kinda Rocks

    NOTE: The CTP3 of this Visual Studio extension (now called Apache Cordova Tools for Visual Studio ) was just released — I'm test driving it now so stay tuned! I have been messing around with creating Cordova (PhoneGap) apps, mostly ones that are derived from the Mobile Services quickstart project...
  • Blog Post: Try Out the New Mobile Services .NET Backend Totally for Free

    Hopefully, by now everyone is aware that you can try out Mobile Services in Windows Azure free for one month . Past the first month, you can keep your mobile service in free mode (with a free 20MB database for 12 months) while you develop and test your app. With all of this free trial goodness, some...
  • Blog Post: Notification Hubs Plus Mobile Services for Sending Windows Phone Notifications from a .NET Backend Service

    NOTE: This blog post is now a bit stale. There is now full Notification Hubs integration with Mobile Services .NET backend for both versions of Windows Phone. Windows Phone 8.1 Silverlight Windows Phone 8.1 Store or Universal apps Click the above links for the full tutorial. - Glenn...
  • 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: Windows Phone 8 is Finally Here!

    This is a great day for Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform, with the official launch of Windows Phone 8 along with the following Windows Phone 8-related clients and toolkits: Windows Phone 8 SDK Mobile Services SDK for Windows Phone 8 Windows Phone Toolkit for Windows Phone 8 OData Client Library for...
  • Blog Post: New and Improved T4 Template for OData Client and Local Database

    If you recall from my previous post Sync’ing OData to Local Storage in Windows Phone (Part 1) , I had written a T4 template for my Windows Phone 7.5 (“Mango”) project to generate a proxy client needed to access both an OData service and local database on the device. My template was based on an existing...
  • 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: Sync’ing OData to Local Storage in Windows Phone (Part 1)

    or My First T4 Template This is the first blog post in a new series that focuses on my work to develop prescriptive guidance for synchronizing clients with cloud services—more specifically, how to best create and maintain a local cache of OData entities on a Windows Phone client. This post...
  • Blog Post: Future Improvements for the PASS Event Browser App

    -or- Inside the PASS Event Browser for Windows Phone (Part 3) OK, and now for the final installment of the series about my PASS Event Browser app . Improvements in v2.0 As I am writing this post, I have just submitted v2.0 of the PASS Events Browser, which includes the following improvements: Filtered...
  • Blog Post: Designing My First (Public) Windows Phone App

    -or- Inside the PASS Event Browser for Windows Phone (Part 1) Now that I have completed the first update to my PASS Event Browser app for Windows Phone 7.5 , I thought it might be helpful for me to share some of my experiences in this process—at least for folks considering creating OData...
  • Blog Post: Introducing the PASS Event Browser App for Windows Phone

    Well, I was trying to get a new Windows Phone application created, certified, and up on Marketplace in time for the big PASS Summit 2011 this past week, but sadly, the timing just didn't work out right. Note : I discovered that it can easily take the full week that they warn you about to...
  • Blog Post: OData Quickstart for Windows Phone Updated—Now with VB!

    I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it here on my blog yet or not, but the forthcoming release of Windows Phone 7.5 (“Mango”) and the Windows Phone SDK 7.1 features huge improvements for consuming OData feeds. This means that, in Mango, OData support on phone is basically equivalent...
  • Blog Post: Creating “Cool Looking” Windows Phone Apps

    So far, I’ve written several Window Phone 7 apps, including the OData and Windows Phone quickstart , a Northwind-based app for my MVVM walkthrough , and a couple of others—mostly consuming (as you might guess) OData. Since I created these apps to supplement documentation, they have never...
  • Blog Post: New OData Tombstoning Behavior in Mango

    As I mentioned in my previous post OData Updates in Windows Phone “Mango” , new methods have been added to the DataServiceState class that improve performance and functionality when storing client state. You can now serialize nested binding collections as well as any media resource streams...
  • Blog Post: OData Updates in Windows Phone “Mango”

    Today, the Windows Phone team announced the next version of Windows Phone, code-named “Mango.” You can read more about Mango in this morning’s blog post from the Windows Phone team . There is also a developer tools update for this Mango beta release, which now includes the OData client...
  • 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: Binding Media Resource Streams to XAML Controls

    I came across an interesting problem as I was working on the Windows Phone 7 client code for my next installment of the WCF Data Services blog post series on streaming . In this series, I have been using a property on my PhotoInfo entity named StreamUri to hold the URI of the image used for binding in...
  • Blog Post: Phani Describes His Experience Writing the OData Browser App for WP7

    Since I helped him test his app before it went to Marketplace, I am enjoying reading Phani's assessment of building the OData Browser app for WP7 . http://blogs.msdn.com/b/phaniraj/archive/2011/02/07/lessons-learnt-building-the-windows-phone-odata-browser.aspx Here he mostly discusses the good...
  • Blog Post: OData Browser Available for Windows Phone 7

    Phani has written a nice WP7 app that enables you to browse an OData feed on your Windows phone. I got a chance to play with it last week when I helped with some usability testing. The app comes preloaded with several OData feeds (Netflix is the most interesting of these), and you can add your own. The...
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