Sharing Data with OData

With LightSwitch, there are many ways for you to connect to external data. You can do this through the Add Data Source dialog, and for non-standard data sources, you can create your own RIA service. OData (Open Data Protocol) provides yet another choice. While other data-access methods allow you to connect to data sources, the added benefit of OData is that you can use it to view and update LightSwitch data from applications outside of LightSwitch. In this chapter, I’ll show you how to do the following:

  • connect to third-party data by using OData
  • share your LightSwitch data with other applications
  • update LightSwitch ...

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