OData Moves Forward
Anyway, back to the point: OData is marching smartly forward, with version 4.0 having this week been approved by the OASIS international standards consortium. It has come a long way since being introduced by industry giant Microsoft in May 2011.
Specifically, OData 4.0 and OData 4.0 JSON Format have been approved as standards, with OData 4.0 ATOM being advanced and headed for official sanction.
"OData provides a way to break down data silos and increase the shared value of data by creating an ecosystem in which data consumers can interoperate with data producers in powerful ways, enabling more applications to make sense of a broader set of data," explained OASIS in its announcement.
To me, that reads: "OData is an easy way to access all kinds of interesting public and private data feeds and present the information in cool visualizations and such." You can get lost for hours just exploring the astounding amount of data generated by the federal government, such as, "Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey," for an example that just happened to catch my eye.
All kinds of goodies are packed into v4.0, like Entity Data Model improvements, better support for distributed services, dynamic schema and an asynchronous pattern for long-running data requests, to name just a few.
Microsoft earlier this month got a jump on v4.0 support, with core .NET libraries, an OData client and a pre-release WebAPI library.
Posted by David Ramel on 03/21/2014