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Microsoft Azure Development Cookbook Second Edition by Neil Mackenzie, Roberto Freato

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Handling entity serialization events

The Azure Table service exposes a RESTful interface in which an entity is represented in various formats. Initially, there was only the Atom format to support JSON in recent years. In saving an instance to a table, the Azure Storage library serializes the instance into the appropriate format before invoking the appropriate REST operation on the Table service. Similarly, when retrieving an entity from a table, the Storage Client library deserializes the entry into an instance of the model class.

The Table service supports a limited set of simple datatypes for the properties of entities. These datatypes are listed in the Inserting, updating, deleting, and querying data against the Table Service recipe. By default, ...

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