The New Microsoft - Visual Studio Community, Open Source .NET, Expanded Xamarin Partnerships and more

The New Microsoft - Visual Studio Community, Open Source .NET, Expanded Xamarin Partnerships and more

One word. WOW. Boy am I glad I chose to work with Microsoft technologies back in the day when I had to choose the direction for my professional career. I started with .NET back in 2001 and have been full-time developing solutions and systems based on Microsoft technologies for a long time – but by the looks of recent announcements, I feel that the journey has just begun – and it looks like Microsoft really means business with their new directions and openness. Here’s some of my favorite recent announcements and changes from Microsoft. I’m very excited, and you should…

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Extending Windows Azure Mobile Services queries to include relational data and optional metadata

Extending Windows Azure Mobile Services queries to include relational data and optional metadata

The last few weeks I’ve worked a lot with Xamarin, doing Android, iOS and Windows Phone apps. By utilizing the Azure Mobile Services you can get started really quickly and get a proper and stable backend environment running (in Azure, obviously). While this is all fun and dandy, there’s a problem that presented itself rather soon. Namely that the queries by default wasn’t extended to include metadata or relational data. Background Below is a sample of what my entities look like in Azure Mobile Services (as designed with the code-first approach) and their representation in the App…

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