OData Client for Windows Store Apps

I’m happy to announce that OData client support for Windows Store apps (“formerly Metro apps”) in Windows 8 RTM has been released. This didn’t actually get chained into Visual Studio 2012 like it was in the pre-release, but it may be even easier to use in the new incarnation:

WCF Data Services Tools for Windows Store Apps RC

Despite the somewhat confusing title, this installation supports the RTM version of Windows 8 and Visual Studio 2012. I have heard that there could be tweaks to the installer behavior itself, but that the client library itself shouldn’t change, since Win8 is done and shipped.

In this version of support for Windows Store apps, the client library is actually obtained from NuGet.org by the new tool, which is integrated with Visual Studio 2012 so that Add Service Reference will work again, as you would expect it to. Without this package installed, Visual Studio gives you a cryptic message about the service not being valid, because it’s looking for a WSDL and not the data service definition. This client supports all versions of the OData protocol.

For an overview of how this client works in Visual Studio 2012, see the post OData 101: Building our first OData-based Windows Store app (Part 1).

If you are jazzed about writing Windows Store apps…stay tuned. Next week, I am going to be able to talk about some very cool stuff that I have been working on that will be great for folks who are trying to figure out what to do with data for their Windows Store app users.


Glenn Gailey