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Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Development Cookbook by Ed Musters

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Working with the .NET Client Object Model

To access data from outside of the SharePoint world was a tedious proposition in the previous version of SharePoint. I personally found the "lists web service" lacking, and let us leave it at that. The best and often quickest solution was to use something I was very familiar with the SharePoint object model to access lists and libraries. But of course you could not run that on the client (for example, a Windows Forms or Windows Presentation Foundation application). Your SPList code had to run physically on the SharePoint server. So we wrote our own web services (ASMX) that ran exactly the friendly and easy-to-write code we wanted, then packaged it up for deployment alongside SharePoint's other web services ...

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