Easiest way to upload data from Android to cloud SQL 2008 database using Xamarin in Visual Studio


I just purchased a business license for Xamarin so that I can upload data from an Android tablet to a cloud SQL Server 2008 database.

I have spent three very frustrating days trying to use walkthroughs and examples such as the following
to learn how to do this https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb552362(v=vs.110).aspx

Is there an easier way to do this than a complicated WCF service? The image shows the different projects available.

I am a VB.net coder andam happy to go with C#. Can Xamarin communicate directly with my SQL Server tables in the cloud?
Are there template projects out there that make WCF services easier?
Murray BrownMicrosoft Cloud Azure/Excel Solution DeveloperAsked:
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
no you have to use a service to communicate with sql using set and gets for xamarin / android/ios apps they don't have a native connection tool

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