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Learning Kendo UI Web Development by John Adams

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Getting familiar with OData

The ASP.NET Web API framework supports data queries through a syntax known as OData. OData is a query language that is compatible with HTTP URLs so that it can appear in URL query strings. It provides two very powerful benefits to API action methods that are used to return lists of data. First, it automatically translates the OData query language into an actual data query on the data inside of your API action method. This is amazingly powerful and may be hard to believe until you can actually see it. Basically, it is a search engine for free. Second, the OData features allow the queries to occur on the server. This means that the server can query the data source for the specific elements that match and then return the ...

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