[OData] Open Data Protocol Visualizer Extension for Visual Studio 2010

As seen before, I used OData in a Silverlight 4 project. Adding a data feed was possible through a Service Reference. Several files were created after the adding, including an edmx, but when you want to see it in Visual Studio 2010 the following error message appears : A Visual Studio 2010 extension is available to visualize exposed OData feed entities as a diagram. This extension is the Open Data Protocol Visualizer Extension for VS2010. The Extension Manager (in the Tools menu) allows its installation in Visual Studio 2010. A window opens and lists all available extensions. Choose Open Data … Continue reading [OData] Open Data Protocol Visualizer Extension for Visual Studio 2010

[SketchFlow] Convert SketchFlow Feedback into TFS Work Item

Within Expression Blend 4, SketchFlow enables to build (with WPF or Silverlight) application prototypes to exactly define, in collaboration with the customer, the navigation map and the functionalities for the future application. When the SketchFlow application is executed, the customer can write on each screen, and add feedbacks to notify what must be added, updated and deleted. A file with all the feedbacks can be exported by the customer. Then it’s forwarded to the development team. This file can be imported on Blend to list all the customer feedbacks. Each feedbacks can be convert into TFS Work Item through a … Continue reading [SketchFlow] Convert SketchFlow Feedback into TFS Work Item

[Silverlight] Three new Silverlight applications templates

Three new templates are available for Silverlight applications, both Silverlight Business Application and Silverlight Navigation Application. Furthermore style elements of these new themes are available to download, you can use them in any Silverlight applications. Finally these new themes include the new WCF RIA Services templates. These three new templates are : Windows 7 Cosmopolitan AccentColor   There are downloadable at this address, and these templates can easily be installed in Visual Studio 2010 : And Expression Blend 4 :

[OData] Use OData data with WCF Data Services and Silverlight 4

As seen before, OData (Open Data Protocol) is a protocol on top of HTTP, with a REST architecture and provide XML formatted data (e.g.: ATOM). WCF Data Services, included in Silverlight 4,will help us to handle data with OData. The purpose is to build a Silverlight master-detail application composed of a ComboBox control to choose a customer and a DataGrid Control to see all the Customer orders. We will use Customers and Orders tables from Northwind OData feed which is at this address : http://services.odata.org/Northwind/Northwind.svc/ We create a Silverlight 4 application and we add, in the Silverlight project, a reference … Continue reading [OData] Use OData data with WCF Data Services and Silverlight 4

[OData] Create and expose your own OData flow

OData (Open Data Protocol) is a protocol on top of HTTP, based on REST architecture, that allows remote edition and use for different clients (RIA, Web, Mobile, etc…). So one can use Linq to request data from a client interface. With WCF RIA Services, it becomes possible to expose your own data easily. When you add a DomainService, you must check the box “Expose OData endpoint” and the selected tables will be exposed. In our example, we will expose the Customers and Orders tables from Northwind database.   Checking the box brings two important modifications to our code: In the … Continue reading [OData] Create and expose your own OData flow