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Interview with Pablo Castro on Astoria - Data Services for the Web

I caught up with Pablo Castro, who announced Codename Astoria - Data Services for the Web earlier today at MIX07.

Here's the video of our chat together.

In the meantime, there have been a number of blog posts commenting on the Astoria announcement via TechMeme:

John Musser at

"Although it’s an early experimental release, it’s quite an interesting approach using a very RESTful set of patterns and infrastructure for web data services."

Michael Coté of Redmonk:

"If you’re interested in REST, SOA (hopefully, of the REST type), SaaS, or (though I shudder to type it) “the semantic web,” take a look at Astoria yourself. Like I said, it’s all at the “labs”/”project” stage now. But, that means there’s a chance to get in there and influence what the final release turns out to be. Does the interface and use model “work”? Do you like it?"

Danny Ayers:

"They've totally gone to town on URIs and HTTP access - very much leaning towards REST. What's exposed is proper web stuff. There's a fair bit of innovation there that looks useful, it'll be interesting to see what RESTafarian gurus make of it. So the insides will be good for MS-heads - great, anything that encourages building web-friendly services has to be a good thing."

Alex James:

"Combine REST with a conceptual model and well you get Data 2.0.

Astoria leverages REST + Entity Data Model to expose data to the web.

Very cool."


Cote' said:

Man, I dunno what he gets paid, but he needs a raise. Pablo rocks. Give him one of those Blue Monster t-shirts too.

# May 1, 2007 9:51 AM

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# May 1, 2007 11:41 AM

Alex James said:

Thanks for the quote!

You might be interested, I've now done a bit of a deep dive on Astoria, with some thoughts:

BTW I second that Blue Monster t-shirt idea, Pablo, Carl and the guys are all doing cool stuff...

# May 1, 2007 3:23 PM

alexbarnett said:

thanks Alex J, have'd.

# May 1, 2007 6:55 PM

Roger Jennings said:

Here's a link to the video of Pablo's MIX07 session

and to a synopsis of the "Astoria Project":

+1 for a Blue Monster Tshirt for Pablo.


# May 3, 2007 1:08 PM

alexbarnett said:

thanks Roger!

# May 3, 2007 4:29 PM

Alex Barnett blog said:

Back in April, the Data Programmability team at Microsoft announced "Astoria": Data Services for the

# August 3, 2007 8:25 PM