Everyone who has used a modern smartphone knows that with very few exceptions, apps that have the most value to its users are those that are connected to services. Standalone apps just don’t cut it anymore. With that being said, finding data sources through web-based services can be difficult and even when you find them, the format those services return data in can be messy.
OData (short for Open Data Protocol) is a service format that has received the backing of many major and public data source providers as a way to standardize the way apps consume data. This standardization allows developers like you to deliver great app experiences on a number of client form factors while not having to worry about how the data gets to your app.
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