This quickstart helps you become familiar with WCF Data Services and the Open Data Protocol (OData) through a series of tasks that support the topics in Getting Started with WCF Data Services.
The first task in this quickstart shows how to create a data service to expose an OData feed from the Northwind sample database. In later topics, you will access the OData feed by using a Web browser, and also create a Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) client application that consumes the OData feed by using client libraries.
To complete this quickstart, you must install the following components:
Visual Studio 2010.
An instance of Windows Server 2008 SQL Server. This includes SQL Server Express, which is included in a default installation of Visual Studio.
The Northwind sample database. To download this sample database, see the download page, Sample Databases for SQL Server.