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MCTS: Microsoft Silverlight 4 Development (70-506) Certification Guide by Johnny Tordgeman

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Consuming services asynchronously

Services (and most notably web services) are a main ingredient in today's LOB applications. Nowadays, you'll have a hard time finding an application that doesn't require access to data. While Silverlight doesn't offer a native client-side database solution (though you can find some great third-party solutions for that, such as Sterling DB), web services are your main route to access data.

Microsoft made sure that Silverlight is well equipped for the task of accessing data. Silverlight is able to consume services of ASMX, WCF, REST, POX, RSS, and others. Just like any other .NET language, Visual Studio will automatically generate a proxy class in our project when working with an ASMX or WCF service. This proxy ...

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