Access remotely to data/database

rflorencio used Ask the Experts™

I wanted to allow my customers, when purchasing standalone software, to view certain data, such as sales and expense reports, from a tablet or smartphone.
What is the best way to do this, create an app and sync the data with a cloud database, but what is the best service to do it Azure or otherwise.
Or configure Windows server so that you can remotely access the same app locally?
best regards
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There are a few options available to you, and only you can decide what will suit your needs the best. What I would do is the following:

  • Create an Azure database
  • Use a Web API to connect to the data

Using a Web API will allow you to reach a wide range of clients such as browsers and mobile devices. Have a look at REST APIs with .NET and C#. Here are some more tutorials on creating Web APIs:

Introduction to the ASP.NET Web API
Create Simple Web API In ASP.NET MVC
Tutorial: Create a web API with ASP.NET Core

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