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ADO.NET Programming in Visual Basic™ .NET by Bob Howell, Steve Holzner

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Using Web Services with Web Forms Clients

Web Forms clients to Web Services sounds redundant. Why not just access the data directly in the Web Form? It is transparent to the user anyway, right? Yes, but you are missing the point of Web Services. What if a Web Service existed that was published by one of your company’s vendors? The Web Service enabled you as a programmer to access data about your company’s order status with this vendor. You can present this data in any way you wish. Suppose you had a requirement to build a robust Windows interface for use in-house, but needed a web interface as well for your road warriors to use. By using the Web Service you can build both interfaces and they will conform to the business rules defined by the ...

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