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Can anyone direct me a to a good step by step instruction page on how to create an OData V2 service? I am a Salesforce person, with little exposure to .NET. Still, I do have Visual Studio Community 2013 installed.

Where should I look for, to create a custom database and expose it via OData v2?

The reason I ask v2 is because Salesforce can only consume V2 services now.

  • it looks more like a .NET question thou u want to use it in salesforce. can u try asking in .NET / MSDN forums as well ? – Vamsi Krishna Apr 15 '15 at 5:54
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You might want to also check out an article I did for DeveloperForce recently about Accessing a SQL Server Azure database with Lightning Connect

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  • Thanks... the "Web" version of DB is being retired. Wasn't seeing the Manage option when you create a DB of Azure with "Standard" type. – Lily Blunt May 7 '15 at 6:56
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I have blogged on this and you can use the below link as reference to kick start

http://cloudyworlds.blogspot.com/2015/01/lightning-connect-and-sql-integration_3.html

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Well, if what you are asking is how you build your own OData v2 service from scratch, then the answer would depend on what language you are using. The .NET space has the best support for OData.

You can see a tutorial on building a V3 endpoint using WebAPI in .NET here: http://www.asp.net/web-api/overview/odata-support-in-aspnet-web-api/odata-v3/creating-an-odata-endpoint I believe our V2 connector supports V3 endpoints now, but if not, it will soon. But the version of OData that your endpoint uses is controlled by your config so you can change that easily.

You mentioned Visual Studio, but you can also create OData producers in any language. If you would also consider using Java, look for olingo. I'm not sure it's supported anymore, but odata4j is one I have used in the past that works well.

nodejs, Ruby and PHP have some producers available as well, but they aren't as sophisticated as the Java or .NET solutions.

If you are just building a read only service (which is all Salesforce currently supports), you could also easily just build the XML and/or JSON yourself. OData is just a way to describe data and ultimately it's just a bunch of text.

You don't necessarily need to BUILD a solution though. A lot of the ETL vendors that work on integration connectors for a living have been building out OData solutions that you can purchase.

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