EDIT: In case you aren't familiar with OData, here you go.

I am trying to determine whether it is worth learning this technology or if it is something that is not going to catch on.

The premise is interesting, and as a developer of APIs it seems like a good way to offer more flexibility to the developers that consume them.

Unfortunately, I am not seeing much "buzz" regarding Open Data Protocol in the past couple of years so just trying to gauge if it has any chance of being around once I learn it.

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    Why the vote to close? Jeez--is there no where on SE where a developer can ask a general question?? Jul 22, 2015 at 14:04
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    recommended reading: On discussions and why they don't make good questions
    – gnat
    Jul 22, 2015 at 14:23
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    if you have to post a link to it so people know what you're discussing, that suggests its not particularly widespread and in use :-)
    – gbjbaanb
    Jul 22, 2015 at 15:16
  • @gnat--I don't get it: this was a question, not a discussion. How is this legitimate question overwhelming the rest of the site? Can you recommend a different way to ask it? Do you see the question as somehow illegitimate? The link you cited mentions attracting experts--great! So here is where the experts are, but I can't ask a question unless a very small population of users (like yourself) decide its a question worth asking. That is very subjective and silly. I can understand being more strict about this sort of thing on SO, but here I think its you missing the point. Jul 22, 2015 at 18:38
  • @MatthewPatrickCashatt This is one of those things where you cannot win nor have the ammunition-point-wise to fight. Gain a lot of point on stackoverflow, then you can fight for questions like this not to be closed on this forum. I personally gave up on trying to reason with the gatekeepers.
    – Phil
    Apr 7, 2016 at 21:25

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Given that:

  1. The two "big name" implementors, Netflix and Ebay, abandoned it a couple of years ago and excitement for OData pretty much died with their departure,
  2. OData is a RESTful way of exposing a query mechanism through an abstraction layer. Such abstractions are now widely seen as leaky abstractions, which are a clear anti-pattern,

I'd suggest OData is slowly dying, if not dead already.

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    How is Facebook's new and trendy GraphQL not "exposing a query mechanism through an abstraction layer"?
    – Schneider
    Sep 19, 2016 at 0:23
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    Number 2 is vague until useless.
    – Gusdor
    Feb 1, 2017 at 11:26
  • @DavidArno what's about MS implementation on top of IQueryable<T> ? It seems that they are going to add it soon in new ASP.Net Core so I can't say it's really dying. Jul 14, 2017 at 9:39
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    Is slowly dying: is it? progress.com/blogs/… Jul 18, 2018 at 10:10

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