Tonight I decided to accept my invitation to the SSDS beta and start monkeying around with it. All I had to do was click the link in my invitation email and I was automatically logged in to the MS Connect web site. I had only been into this site once before when I ended my participation in the Live Mesh beta.
So it's too late tonight to start anything up, but it seams clear that I can just reference a web service and start building my own management interface...or something.. I fired up Web Service Studio and took a look at the service contract. (wsdl).
Web Service Studio
GI XML Mapper ;-)
This weekend I will do more and blog everything I can. I have to say that the prospect of SSDS is very intriguing. I am also going to try to compare and contrast this service with ADO.Net Data Services (formerly Astoria). From an SOA/SaaS standpoint this is a good time to be a programmer.