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Pro Visual Studio LightSwitch 2011 Development by Yann Duran, Tim Leung

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C H A P T E R  7

Creating and Using RIA Services

What is RIA Services? The full name is actually Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) RIA Services, which is a bit of a mouthful, so it's usually referred to as just RIA Services (pronounced reeya, not R-I-A, as some people tend to do). In essence, RIA Services provides a set of server components and ASP.NET extensions that simplify the n-tier application development process, making applications almost as easy to develop as if they were running on a single tier. This is a large part of how LightSwitch does its magic.

This chapter explains why you might need to create a RIA Service. You'll learn how to create a RIA service, and how to use it to carry out data aggregation. You'll then see how ...

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