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My rambling thoughts on exploring the .NET framework and related technologies

Well, after realising (or even RIAlising if you like puns) that RIA services weren't cut out for non-Silverlight clients, I went searching for The Next Big Thing. Can't remember if I mentioned it, so I'll bore you by repeating it, but all of this investigation is for a big project I'm in that will need some sort of central data access point that can be used by all sorts of clients, most likely being WinForms, WPF (one of my colleagues is really excited about WPF), ASP.NET and Silverlight. Ideally, we want all of these to be able to use the same point of access for data, with the business logic behind that point of access.

RIA looked like the answer, but doesn't seem to play ball with anything other than Silverlight. So, I went looking at its big brother WCF. The idea was to build an end-to-end solution that had a WCF service on top of an entity framework model, and various clients consuming the service.

This posts describes my initial excitement, great disappointment and final happiness (so far) with consuming a WCF service in WinForms, ASP.NET and Silverlight.

Tuesday, 26 October 2010 15:14:16 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)

Avid readers (if there are any!) may remember my recent post in which I extolled the virtues of the DomainDataSource control, and how it enabled us to use RIA services in ASP.NET sites. Well, having bashed my head against the wall for a week or so trying to get RIA services working with ASP.NET, I have decided that the support for this is actually quite limited, and not enough to make it a viable option.

This post gives more details of my exploration, discoveries and eventual disappointment at the conclusion.

Tuesday, 12 October 2010 15:48:05 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)