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23 December 2011, 16:57

OData Objective-C client library for iOS now open source

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Open Data Protocol logo The Open Data Protocol's (OData) client library for Objective C, OData4ObjC, has been transferred to the Outercurve Foundation and is now open source. The developers hope this will help their library develop at a fast pace, since contributions and bug fixes from the community can now be easily incorporated into the project. The library is capable of running on iOS, but does require that developers use the SDK on Mac OS X to build their applications. As there are already client libraries for supporting the protocol on Android/Java (odata4j) and Windows Phone, app developers will now have easy access to the technology on all major mobile platforms; the OData SDK also offers other client libraries, including ones for PHP, Ruby, .NET and JavaScript.

Microsoft says that the OData4ObjC library being in the Data, Languages, and Systems Interoperability Gallery (DLSI) of the Outercurve Foundation, formerly known as the CodePlex Foundation, represents another "commitment to interoperability". Microsoft supports the OData technology and has released it under its Open Specification Promise. Microsoft is the only sponsor of the gallery, which also includes the OData Service Validation Tool. Further details about the Apache 2.0 licensed project are available from its web site.

The Open Data Protocol is a web protocol, based on HTTP, Atom and JSON, for exchanging data over the web. Since it doesn't matter on which systems and in which formats the data is available, the protocol is also suitable for use in heterogeneous IT environments.


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