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Navigating OData and WCF Data Services

Understanding OData conventions are important to building an OData client and testing an OData Endpoint. Of all the OData conventions the most important convention a WCF Data Services developer must understand are the OData URI conventions. This article explains how OData URI conventions map to code living inside of WCF Data Services.

WCF Data Services Providers

OData's simplicity and common underlying Web standards have made it a popular Data protocol in the Microsoft stack. WCF Data Services includes several Providers that surface OData from .NET classes.

SpinWait.SpinUntil and the Task Parallel Library

Often blocking and checking is combined with some sort of timeout. SpinUntil, a static method on the SpinWait structure, combines blocking, waiting, and timeouts. New in the .NET Framework 4.0, SpinUntil simplifies many different scenarios involving the Task Parallel Library (TPL). Jeffery Juday shares some common recipes employing SpinUntil alongside TPL.

Understanding JavaScript Web Workers

Microsoft's recent Windows 8 announcement makes HTML5 and anything HTML5/JavaScript related an important subject for any Windows developer. To most developers HTML is a "tag" based user-interface specification. However, HTML5 is more than just new "tags". Yoked to, but separate from the HTML5 specification is a specification defining background running scripts called Web Workers.

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MFC Integration with the Windows Transactional File System (TxF)

The Transactional File System (TxF), which allows access to an NTFS file system to be conducted in a transacted manner through extensions to the Windows SDK API. MFC 10, has been extended to support TxF and related technologies. This support allows existing MFC applications to be easily extended to support kernel transactions.

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