Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Podcast: A conversation with Pablo Castro about Astoria's RESTful data services

Channel 9 has made available their latest podcast: A conversation with Pablo Castro about Astoria's RESTful data services

from the site:

In the latest episode of my Microsoft Conversations series I
talked with Pablo Castro about Astoria, a layer of middleware that makes data
readable and writeable by means of a RESTful interface. Even if you don't know
or care about the buzzwords, it's easy to show what Astoria does and to explain
why it's interesting. One of the sample databases configured to work with the
experimental version of Astoria is a subset of the Encarta encyclopedia. You
don't have be a programmer or grok XML in order to appreciate the Astoria-enhanced version of Encarta.
A database with Astoria layered on top of it isn't a web application, but
it's within shouting distance of being one, and you don't even have to shout
very loudly.
Pablo's presentation at MIX is chock full of
demos and explanations. Our podcast refers to and complements that
I'm not even close to being an expert in the underlying data
access technologies, including ADO.NET, the Entity Data Model, and LINQ, so
parts of the discussion quite frankly went over my head. Nor am I yet familiar
with the tooling that's required to wrap this kind of services layer around a
plain data source. But I'm 100% clear that it's a good idea, and a great example
of RESTful web services -- a book that Pablo Castro says is
"required reading" for members of the Astoria team.

Listen to the podcast(MP3)
Listen to the podcast(WMA)

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