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Pro Silverlight 5 in C# by Matthew Macdonald

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C H A P T E R  19

ASP.NET Web Services

Many of the most interesting Silverlight applications have a hidden backbone of server-side code. They may call a web server to retrieve data from a database, perform authentication, store data in a central repository, submit a time-consuming task, or perform any number of other tasks that aren't possible with client-side code alone. The common ingredient in all these examples is that they are based on web services—libraries of server-side logic that any web-capable application can access.

In this chapter, you'll learn how to create ASP.NET web services and call them from a Silverlight application. You'll learn how to deal with different types of data, tap into ASP.NET services, monitor the client's network ...

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