Monday, February 13, 2012

Data Services in the Microsoft world

In my previous blog, I ranted on the concept of Data Services in creating a data virtualization layer. In the .NET world, data services equate to WCF data services (formerly a.k.a ADO.NET data services)

Microsoft is propogating the use of an open standard called OData for building REST style data services. A good article describing OData is available on MSDN. OData essentially leverages JSON/ATOM and HTTP semantics to build a simple data services layer across disparate data sources.
But looks like besides M$, there are no big vendors jumping on the OData bandwagon. Its interesting to note that WebSphere eXtreme Scale Servers also expose a OData service.