odataGetting started with odata


Remarks

This section provides an overview of what odata is, and why a developer might want to use it.

It should also mention any large subjects within odata, and link out to the related topics. Since the Documentation for odata is new, you may need to create initial versions of those related topics.

Installation or Setup

Detailed instructions on getting odata set up or installed.

Odata- The Best way to Rest

From Odata.org

OData (Open Data Protocol) is an OASIS standard that defines the best practice for building and consuming RESTful APIs. OData helps you focus on your business logic while building RESTful APIs without having to worry about the approaches to define request and response headers, status codes, HTTP methods, URL conventions, media types, payload formats and query options etc. OData also guides you about tracking changes, defining functions/actions for reusable procedures and sending asynchronous/batch requests etc. Additionally, OData provides facility for extension to fulfil any custom needs of your RESTful APIs.

The most exciting feature of Odata from my view are,

  1. Url conventions

In normal API's there is no standard way to specify a url, means by seeing someone API we cannot ensure that what that API is doing. Odata helps to create a standard url based on the business logic.

  1. Querying

In normal API, once we created further if we want only a specific data from the response we will do like this

  • Call the API (From Server API returns everything)
  • Apply filtering on the client side.

otherwise creates separate API which results filtered data.

But instead of these OData API allows querying option means we can include filtering conditions in Odata url itself, the Odata automatically filter the result from server so we can acheive what ever data we wants alone.

To play with Odata in postman http://www.odata.org/getting-started/learning-odata-on-postman/