SQLClient: A Native Microsoft SQL Server Library for iOS

SQL Server

One of things that surprised me in iOS is the lack of an open-source native library to connect to Microsoft SQL Server. ¬†When googling the topic the usual comments are “why would you do that?” and “just use a web service wrapper.” Well, there are countless business reasons to access a SQL Server on a LAN: POS, data collection, reporting, etc. Further, it’s not always possible or practical to install a web service layer (REST, SOAP, OData) to act as an intermediary. Granted, it is generally much safer to do so, but it does add a layer of complexity (and latency).

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How to Rock Windows Azure Mobile Services

Azure User Group

Last night I attended a meetup at Microsoft‘s NYC headquarters entitled “How to Rock Windows Azure Mobile Services.” The presenter was Jim Priestley, a Technical Solution Specialist at Microsoft. Windows Azure is Microsoft’s cloud platform that competes with Amazon Web Services and other similar offerings. At the time it was launched in 2011 Azure was unique because it was the first to offer a “platform as a service” (PAAS) model, which allowed developers to deploy and manage their applications without having to configure individual virtual machines. Since then Amazon and others have responded with similar offerings.

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