Microsoft has released an ADO.NET Data Services Update for Service Pack 1 of .NET Framework 3.5 on top of various Windows operating systems, including Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Specifically, customers have two downloads at their disposal: ADO.NET Data Services Update for .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 (via this link
) and ADO.NET Data Services Update for .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 for Windows Server 2003, Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 (here
). The labels for both refreshes are pretty self-explanatory and will allow users to identify the download suited to the operating system they are running.
“The ADO.NET Data Services framework consists of patterns and libraries that enable the creation and consumption of REST-based data services for the web,” an excerpt from the description provided by the Redmond company reads. According to the software giant, the two updates to .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 are designed to extend the functionality of ADO.NET Data Services.
Specifically, Microsoft is introducing a number of new features on top of version 1.0 of the ADO.NET Data Services framework. At the same time, the refresh is also set up to enhance ADO.NET Data Services through various improvements.
The Redmond company provided an extensive list with the new additions to the ADO.NET Data Services, “including:
“- Built-in integration in Microsoft Office 2010 now makes it simple to expose Microsoft Office SharePoint Server data as a data service and access that data using the ADO.NET Data Services client library.
“- Custom Data Service Provider support now makes it easier to build an ADO.NET Data Service over any data source.
“- A new DataServiceCollection class has been added that supports rich two-way data binding. The new collection implements automatic change tracking on client side objects created using the ADO.NET Data Services client library.
“- Feed customization, provides a rich and flexible way to shape and modify the structure of ATOM feeds produced by an ADO.NET Data Service. Modifying the structure of the ATOM feed produced by the ADO.NET Data Services makes it possible for third-party clients that can consume an ATOM feed in a custom format to consume feeds from an ADO.NET Data Service.
“- Enhanced blob support for streaming large binary objects to/from a data service. Support has also been added to the ADO.NET Data Services client library to provide the ability to upload and download binary objects (such as: images, videos, documents, etc.) from an application created using the library.
“- Server-driven paging allows a service author to limit the size of the result set returned by a query; this gives the service author a new level of control over the network bandwidth and computation time required to process any request.
“- A new select query option allows the result of a query to be projected into an arbitrary type; projecting gives the client the ability to request a specific set of properties of an entity. Reducing the number of properties requested in a query reduces processing time and network bandwidth for the request.
“- The option to request a count of the number of entities in a set and the option to include the total count of the number of entities in the set when a query returns a partial result.
“- Request pipeline improvements give the service author greater control and customization ability over various stages of query processing.”