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This comprehensive book teaches you how to build data-rich business applications with Silverlight 2 that draw on multiple sources of data. Packed with reusable examples, Data-Driven Services with Silverlight 2 covers all of the data access and web service tools you need, including data binding, the LINQ data querying component, RESTful and SOAP web service support, cross-domain web service calls, and Microsoft's new ADO.NET Data Services and the ADO.NET Entity Framework. With this book, you will:

  • Know when and how to use LINQ to JSON, LINQ to XML, and LINQ to Objects

  • Learn how Silverlight 2 applications bind, pass, read, save, query, and present data

  • Discover how your application can call web services to work with SOAP, REST, RSS, AtomPub, POX and JSON

  • Design REST, ASMX, and WCF web services that communicate with Silverlight 2

  • Harness RESTful web services such as Digg, Amazon, and Twitter

  • Retrieve and save data using the new Entity Framework and WCF

  • Work with RESTful ADO.NET Data Services and its Silverlight client library to move data between your Silverlight application and a database

Data-Driven Services with Silverlight 2 offers many tips and tricks for building data-rich business applications, and covers the scenarios you're most likely to encounter. Complete examples in C# and VB can be downloaded from the book's companion website.

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