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Data-Driven Services with Silverlight 2: Data Access and Web Services for Rich Internet Applications Paperback – January 1, 2009
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About the Author
John Papa is a Microsoft C# MVP, MCSD.NET, and INETA Speaker who has been working with Microsoft distributed architectures for over 10 years. He has enterprise experience architecting and developing with .NET technologies focusing on architecture, patterns and practices, data access and mobile development. John has authored or co-authored several books on data access technologies, is the author of the "Data Points" column in MSDN Magazine, has presented MSDN WebCasts and can often be found speaking at industry conferences such as DevConnections and VSLive.
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"This window will search for any service that exposes Web Services Description Language (WSDL), which makes it discoverable. Both WCF web services and ASMX web services support SOAP 1.1 and are discoverable, so you can find them through this window. You can add as a service reference from a Silverlight 2 application any SOAP service that is discoverable and supports the basic profile of SOAP 1.1. Discoverable services are those that support WSDL. These include both WCF services and ASMX services"
John Papa's articles in MSDN Magazine are of much higher quality.
So I definitely do not agree with others who claim this book is very well written. When I read the same thing over and over again I feel I am listening to a poorly prepared presentation, taking too much of my time. Hopefully next time the editors (are allowed to) play their role. The subject deserves it.
To get an idea of how annoying things are at times, consider the following two sentences from the first paragraph in page 150:
"The ADO.NET EF is a far more powerful tool than LINQ to SQL, and it can easily create a domain entity model that is mapped to a database. The EF can easily create a domain entity model that is mapped to a database."
Other examples of repetitiveness include descriptions of cross-domain restrictions, binding modes, etc...
Silverlight 2 introduced various ways in which you can gain access to your data, through RESTful web services, SOAP, RSS, AtomPub, POX, JSON, direct from a backend database etc. etc. You can write your own data layers or bind directly to controls and can even use LINQ.
John Papa takes you by the hand and shows you how to do all of the above scenarios and more. The book is very well written, easy to read and understand and no filler (something I'm really disliking about certain books, putting filler in just to increase page count).
There are whole chapters dedicated to each of the main ways to gain access to your data and bind it to your front end application with numerous examples throughout including how to read Tweets, access and consume Amazon RESTful services, the ADO.Net Entity Framework etc. If there is a way to access data you will find out how to incorporate that into your Silverlight 2 application with this book. And of course, you can also take the techniques John has so masterfully expounded on in this book and use them in your standard ASP.Net web sites as well.
If you're a Silverlight developer, this is one of those must have books. You'll refer to it over and over. Even if you're a standard ASP.Net developer it is worth taking a look through this book as most of the content can very easily be applied to a normal ASP.Net site.
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By: Oscar Garcia
data services. I did wish that john covered asp.Read more