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Building a Better WCF Client

by Jonathan Allen on  Mar 06, 2014

The WCF client that Visual Studio generates by default is a problem. Besides not being a direct match with the server-side interface code, which causes a lot of code and data sharing problems, the generated code still has a glaring bug after all these years. Michael Taylor discusses these issue and his attempts to address them in a series titled “A Smarter WCF Service Client”.

WCF Data Services 5.6.0 Adds Entity Framework 6 Support

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Oct 08, 2013

The recently released WCF Data Services 5.6.0 provides support for Entity Framework 6 and provides an option either to upgrade or create nww OData services to target EF 6.

Announcing Open RIA Services

by Jonathan Allen on  Jul 10, 2013

WCF RIA Services will soon be rereleased under the Apache 2 license as Open RIA Services. In preparation for this some functionality is being dropped from Visual Studio 2013.

WCF Data Services 5.4.0 Released with Client Hooks and Instance Annotations on Atom Payloads

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Mar 27, 2013

Microsoft has announced the availability of WCF Data Services 5.4.0 release candidate with new features and several bug fixes.

WCF Data Services 5.3.0 with Instance Annotations and request URL

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Feb 22, 2013

Microsoft has released WCF Data Services 5.3.0 with support for instance annotations in JSON payloads, modifying request URL in the OnStartProcessingRequest method including few bug fixes.

Microsoft Refreshed .NET Framework 4.5 with Updates

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Jan 12, 2013 2

Microsoft has recently released updates for .NET Framework 4.5 which fixes reliability, compatibility, stability, and performance issues associated with WPF, CLR, Windows Forms, XML, NCL, ASP.NET, WWF, WCF and Entity Framework.

WCF Data Services 5.2.0 with UriParser Support

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Dec 20, 2012

Microsoft has announced the availability of WCF Data Services 5.2.0 with support for UriParser and fixes to several bugs.

Enums, Entity Framework And WCF Data Services

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Sep 03, 2012

Enumerations have been supported in Entity Framework 5 – however Enums are not yet supported in WCF Data Services, which means you still need to handle them explicitly when writing OData services.

Microsoft Release New REST API Framework as Part of .NET 4.5

by Richard Seroter on  Aug 23, 2012 4

As part of the recent Visual Studio 2012 and .NET 4.5 launch, Microsoft formally unveiled its new web services framework called the ASP.NET Web API. Included as part of the ASP.NET MVC 4 offering, the open-source ASP.NET Web API is designed to simplify the development and consumption of RESTful services.

WCF 5.0 – Vocabularies, Actions And Improved Spatial Support

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Apr 17, 2012

Microsoft recently announced RTM release of WCF Data Services 5.0 – this includes several new features to support OData v3 such as Vocabularies, Actions, new Spatial Primitives and several updates to OData libraries.

New Asynchronous Features Enhance .NET Framework 4.5

by Jenni Konrad on  Apr 11, 2012

.NET Framework 4.5 Beta not only brings the Async/Await keywords and language simplifications to C# and Visual Basic, but also adds asynchronous methods to several common I/O and data access functions. New asynchronous features are available in ASP.NET 4.5, WCF, and WPF as well.

Lighter Configuration Files and Better ASP.NET Support with WCF 4.5

by Jonathan Allen on  Feb 09, 2012 2

Ido Flatow has been posting a series on the upcoming changes to WCF in .NET 4.5. Most of these changes revolve around making configuration files lighter and easier to work with in both stand-alone and IIS hosted modes.

WCF Data Services October CTP Updates OData Libraries, Adds Spatial Data Types

by Jenni Konrad on  Oct 28, 2011

Microsoft has released the WCF Data Services October CTP, which targets .NET 4 and Silverlight 4. This update includes new libraries for OData version 3, and adds support for spatial data.

WCF Support Improved in Mono

by Jonathan Allen on  Aug 23, 2011

Xamarin's first official Mono release came out earlier this month with many bug fixes, OS X Lion support, a “vastly improved WCF stack”, and better debugging support. The version number is 2.10.3, which makes it a short-term support release. Those who desire a long term commitment to support should stay with the 2.6 series until Mono 3 is ready.

An Overview of WCF RIA Services Toolkit

by Jonathan Allen on  Aug 22, 2011

In honor of the August release of WCF RIA Services Toolkit, we are going to offer a quick introduction to the various components it offers on top of the baseline version of RIA Services. New in this build is support for EntityFramework 4.1, including code first, and a fix to the JavaScript/jQuery client so that it works with jQuery 1.5.1 and later.

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