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  • Blog Post: Edit .svcmap file to access "hidden" functions of service references

    Not all code generation options of service references are exposed through its UI. To prevent users to be confused by some advanced options, the configuration dialog is designed to only expose options which are most likely to be used. We can only access other options by editing the .svcmap file. Unfortunately...
  • Blog Post: Side by side comparsion between svcutil and the service reference in VS

    The Service Reference is new feature added into VS Orcas, so we don't have to use svcutil when using VS IDE. Here is the side by side comparsion table between svcutil and the service reference in Orcas: Svcutil command line VS service reference (.svcmap) VS UI ...
  • Blog Post: Passing DataTable across web/wcf services

    Passing DataTable (without embeded into a dataset) across web services is supported in .Net 2.0 framework. However we found a bug in this area, which might affect using this feature with strong typed dataTable. For example, when a web service function wants to return a DataTable to the client, an independent...
  • Blog Post: .svcmap file

    After we add a WCF service reference into a Visual Studio project, a .svcmap file will be added to the project, and it contains most information of the service reference. Actually, it is the only essential file of the reference. In most case, we can remove all other files in the service reference, and...
  • Blog Post: Files in a service (WCF) references

    The new service reference is persisted in a similar way how the old web reference is persisted in a visual studio project. All files including metadata file downloaded from the server will be persisted into a single folder, which defines the CLR namespace proxy code lives in. Files in a service reference...
  • Blog Post: Windows communication framework client in web site projects

    The Visual Studio Orcas beta1 supports generating and using WCF client in the ASP.Net web site projects. From the platform point of view, ASP.Net wants to enable an user to build a web site without any Visual Studio tools. The feature to generate WCF client has been built with the same sprit. With Visual...
  • Blog Post: Where is "Add Web Reference" after I install Orcas Beta 1

    When you create a project targetting .Net framework 3.x in Orcas Beta 1, the "Add Web Reference..." menu is replaced by "Add Service Reference..." menu. "Add Service Reference..." will create a WCF (Windows Communication Framework) client to a web service. The proxy generated by WCF is very different...
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