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  • Blog Post: Storing Complex Types, Binary Resources, and Other Tricky Things

    -or- Sync’ing OData to Local Storage in Windows Phone (Part 2) In my previous post in this series, I described how to use a T4 template in Visual Studio to generate a hybrid proxy that supports both OData feeds and local database storage. There were also a few local storage issues that I didn’t get a...
  • Blog Post: Publishing My First Windows Phone App to the Marketplace

    -or- Inside the PASS Event Browser for Windows Phone (Part 2) OK, so here is the second part of what has turned out to be a very long blog post about my PASS Events Browser app for Windows Phone 7.5 (��Mango”). In the previous post , I covered the technical and design decisions that I made for this app...
  • 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 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: 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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