Defining WCF Data Services

This section describes how to create and configure WCF Data Services to expose data as an Open Data Protocol (OData) feed. For more information about the basic steps required to create a data service, see Exposing Your Data as a Service.

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Configuring the Data Service

Describes the data service configuration options provided by WCF Data Services.

Data Services Providers

Describes the provider models for exposing data as a data service.

Service Operations

Describes how to define service operations that expose methods on the server.

Feed Customization

Describes how to create a mapping between entities in the data model defined by the data service provider and elements in the data feed.


Describes how to define interceptor methods to perform custom business logic on requests to the data service.

Developing and Deploying WCF Data Services

Describes how to develop and deploy a data service by using Visual Studio.

Securing WCF Data Services

Describes authentication and authorization for the data service and other security considerations.

Hosting the Data Service

Describes how to select a host for your data service.

Data Service Versioning

Describes how to work with different versions of the OData.

WCF Data Services Protocol Implementation Details

Describes optional functionalities of the OData protocol that are not currently implemented by WCF Data Services.

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