Using Azure Mobile Services from Windows Phone 7 apps

Azure Mobile Services is an pretty cool platform that I’ve only just started trying out. Microsoft provide quick jumpstart projects for Windows Store, Windows Phone 8 and iOS apps – but that’s it. If you’re like me and are stuck working on a “legacy” app such as the Windows Phone 7 game that I’ve been working on for a couple of weeks now, then you’re largely on your own.

If you’re in the same situation, I would recommend that you check out the azure-mobile-csharp-sdk project by Ken Egozi. It seems to do everything I need – at the moment just querying and inserting - right off the bat, and it looks like the Mono guys have even taken to using this code in the Mono framework, so that’s a good sign as well!

Great job, Ken!

UPDATE - 14 March 2013

As good as Ken's library is, check this out: http://www.johanlaanstra.nl/?p=217. I've not used it yet myself, but if I was starting from scratch I probably would. I'd be interested to hear people's experiences with it.

5 Comments

  • Pablo said

    Hi!!

    Do you have to pay something to use the Azure Mobile Services?

    I made my firts game Cosmorphosis, that is about aliens too, and in XNA too. check it in the store http://www.windowsphone.com/es-es/store/app/cosmorphosis-free/2af5e506-749d-42f2-b236-3cc3e0df6b2c

    For the leaderboard I used the free service (for now) http://www.scoreoid.net/

    The next step for Cosmorphosis will be to port it to android and IOS with mono

    Regards.

    Pablo

  • Mike said

    Hi Pablo - my understanding is that the mobile services side of things is free, but you have to pay for the underlying SQL server - you can get a 90 day free trial though.

    The other thing to consider is that you'll have to implement it yourself, and scoreoid takes care of all that for you...

  • Hamza said

    Hi, I have ben trying to use the azure-mobile-csharp-sdk, but so far have not been able to get it to work correctly in my windows phone game. My project is in xaml and c# using the xna frameworks. If you could provide a sample application that shows how to use the third party sdk, I would be grateful. I have read the read me file with the samples on the sdk, but they are not in enough detail and are broken lines of inconsistent code.

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