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TFS Development: Building Mobile Apps for TFS

April 28th, 2011
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Microsoft has made access to the TFS object model available via the open source OData protocol, which is a great break through for the TFS development. This initiative is aimed at making it easier to build applications for multitude of devices (such as smartphones and tablets) that use data stored in Team Foundation Server.

OData exposes a way to work with data over the Web. It uses interfaces similar to REST which allows manipulating data from any device or application stack that HTTP requests.

The sampler was also provided, so that developers can already start playing with this new TFS development feature. OData Service is hosted on Windows Azure (WAZ) for the Codeplex TFS projects. This endpoint acts as an intermediary for your clients, such as a browser or a Windows Phone Device. The various clients can reach TFS using OData protocol without having to worry about either the TFS Web services or the TFS object model.

There is also a sample Windows Phone 7 application included and WebMatrix Helpers, which show developers how to get started building applications which consume OData service. This TFS development solution extends TFS in new and interesting ways and also serves as a showcase for the TFS developer community.

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